Proofreading Tips

It’s Mother’s Day and Father’s Day 

2021-01-09T18:56:18+00:00April 25th, 2021|Proofreading Tips|

How should you write Mother's Day and Father's Day? Well, the title of this post should have tipped you off, but we won't take any chances. Here's how you can make sure that you don't ruin a parent's special day with a misplaced apostrophe. It's a simple rule to remember: Both of these holidays are [...]

Principal vs. Principle

2021-01-12T20:23:20+00:00December 26th, 2020|Proofreading Tips|

The school principal's principal principle is to pay off the principal. "Huh?" you might be thinking. But yes, the above sentence is grammatically correct. You can easily decipher this and use the words "principal" and "principle" correctly by simply reviewing some definitions:  Let's start with principal. We've all dreaded this word at one point or [...]

Social Distance, Social Distancing, Socially Distant

2020-10-27T21:05:49+00:00October 27th, 2020|Proofreading Tips|

We've all tried to see the positive side of the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it's pollution subsiding in India or having more time to bake sourdough bread at home. In the grammar world, we hope that coronavirus is shedding a light on how to use certain terminology properly. The phrase "social distance" and its variants are [...]

Toward vs. Towards

2020-10-28T05:10:36+00:00August 22nd, 2020|Proofreading Tips|

Can you guess the only difference between toward and towards? (Hint: It's not a trick question.) The only difference is, you guessed it, an "s."  You may have a preference, and so do predominately English-speaking countries. The U.S. and Canada more often prefer "toward." Australia and the United Kingdom use "towards" more often.  AP Style prefers [...]

Millions, Billions, Trillions

2020-05-29T02:17:27+00:00July 20th, 2020|Proofreading Tips|

The ways to incorrectly write big numerals in copy seem infinite. But with these simple AP Style rules, you'll establish consistency and put your readers at ease.  With millions, billions and trillions, always use figures except in a casual reference: Correct: I just won a million dollars!Correct: The capital campaign will top $1 billion by [...]