Proofreading Tips

TIP: Comprise vs. Compose

2019-12-27T21:26:38+00:00 January 20th, 2020|Proofreading Tips|

  It's something we often skip over when reading — comprise/compose — is there really a difference? Does it really matter that much which one we use?  Actually, it does. When your audience knows the difference and you don't, a tiny question of credibility seeps into your readers' brains making them wonder if you don't [...]

TIP: Can’t I Just Say “They”?

2019-12-17T02:01:46+00:00 December 17th, 2019|Uncategorized, Proofreading Tips|

Until English speakers adopt a gender-neutral pronoun, we’re stuck typing out “he or she” and “his or her” to be inclusive. But that can get super clunky. Fortunately, AP says it’s OK to use “they” in the singular when it’s absolutely necessary or when someone’s gender is unknown or should not be revealed. Specifically, AP says: [...]

TIP: Commas in Compound Sentences

2019-11-13T04:47:24+00:00 November 13th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

  Commas. Some people love them; some people hate them. But no matter which way you lean, you will need to deal with them in your copy. One of those important instances involves compound sentences and sentences that may look like compound sentences. Where do those pesky commas go? A compound sentence is a sentence that [...]

TIP: How to Punctuate Quotations

2019-10-09T01:03:10+00:00 October 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

  Have you ever quoted something or someone, neared the end of that quote or sentence and begrudgingly put a period or exclamation point inside or outside the quotation mark, not really knowing whether it's right but hoping no one will notice? We've all been there. But a few simple rules can make you feel [...]

TIP: How to Use Apostrophes

2019-08-19T04:23:52+00:00 September 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

Let's talk about apostrophes. Specifically, let's talk about apostrophes used to replace numbers or letters. Sometimes these come in the form of contractions like don't, can't and won't. Other times we replace numbers: I was born in the ’80s.  The above is correct, but too often we see mistakes like these: I was born in the ‘80s. INCORRECT [...]

TIP: Compound Subjects Take a Plural Verb

2019-07-20T16:18:02+00:00 July 20th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

When two or more subjects are joined with the word “and,” use a plural verb. But when one subject is the main focus and a second subject is just tagging along, use a singular verb. You’ll know when a subject is tagging along, because it will be set off in commas. For instance: Plural subject: [...]

TIP: Italics or Quotation Marks?

2019-07-31T05:16:07+00:00 July 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

  Something different or special is in the text you're writing — so important or different that it warrants a little flash. Maybe it's a newspaper name or an article or song title. Should you: A. Underline it? B. Italicize it? Wait, isn't that the same thing as underlining? C. Put quotation marks around it? [...]

Tip: Flesh Out vs. Flush Out

2019-05-14T02:09:30+00:00 June 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

  It's a one letter difference, but sometimes that's all it takes to make a cringe-worthy grammar mistake. But fear not, we're here to not only give you an active voice, but an accurate one as well. Flesh out: The phrase "flesh out" means to give something substance or make it nearly complete. Example: I think [...]