How Commas Pull Their Weight

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
How Commas Pull Their Weight
In previous posts, we’ve discussed how proofreaders need to be aware of meaning when working on a document. And it’s not only word choice that affects meaning: punctuation can also change a sentence. In this post, then, we look at a few things you can do with commas. Direct Address…
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Transatlantic Differences: 3 Tips on UK vs. US Punctuation

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Transatlantic Differences: 3 Tips on UK vs. US Punctuation
America and the UK have been cultural cousins for some time. For better or for worse, they therefore bear some striking resemblances, such as sharing a language. But there are some important differences in how each country uses English. The differences between UK and US spelling (e.g. organise vs. organize)…
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Ghosts of Typing Conventions Past

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Ghosts of Typing Conventions Past
Chapter 1: Common Misconceptions It was Christmas Eve and Mr Scrivener Drudge, a wicked old miser who bore no similarity to anyone that would raise copyright issues, sat gloomily at the computer in his office. His nephew had bought it for him last Christmas after, in a fit of rage,…
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Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Hyphens, En Dashes and Em Dashes
As the supermarkets begin to stock their shelves with exploding hat-and-joke containers, stuffing-flavour crisps and puddings nobody likes, Michael Bublé comes out of his long hibernation. Listen. He is warming up his voice. ‘A kiss is just a kiss,’ he sings. ‘A sigh is just a sigh.’ But is a…
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