Proofreading Tips

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 [...]

Pesky Prefixes: Tips on When to Hyphenate

2019-05-22T05:35:25+00:00 May 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

We're living in a fast-paced world, and we tend to jam a lot of things together. We even make up words like hangry, J-Lo and whatev. Words that begin with prefixes — take, for example, "redo" — are the result of us getting our point across faster. After all, it's faster to say "redo" than [...]

TIP: Em Dash (Part 2): Em vs. En Dash

2019-05-22T04:16:12+00:00 March 15th, 2019|Proofreading Tips|

So many options. So tempting to type a hyphen, hit the space bar, type another word and see your hyphen magically turn into an en dash. No one will notice ... But an en dash just isn't an em dash, is it? It's shorter. Em dash: — En dash: –   Hyphen (for size): - Historically, the [...]