Grammar

A collection of posts about issues related to grammar. Brush up on your skills and make sure you can create grammatically perfect writing with Knowadays.

  • Proofreading Tips: A Guide to Countable and Uncountable Nouns

    Proofreading Tips: A Guide to Countable and Uncountable Nouns

    Aug 04, 2022

    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Common nouns can be either countable or uncountable. But what does this mean in practice? And what does a proofreader need to know about countable and uncountable nouns? In this post, we set out the basics of how these noun types work and some common errors to look out for. What Are Countable Nouns? Countable […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Is or Are? A Guide to Collective Nouns

    Proofreading Tips: Is or Are? A Guide to Collective Nouns

    Jul 20, 2022

    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Collective nouns are nouns that refer to a group of people or objects, including words like team, family, and crowd. But are they singular or plural? And how do you use collective nouns in a sentence? These are things you need to know as a proofreader. Read on to find out more. Collective Nouns and […]

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What Is the Difference Between an Acronym and an Initialism?

  • 5 Tips on How to Write the Perfect Christmas Card

    Dec 18, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling

    It’s that time of year again! Christmas is just around the corner, and you’ve got a lot to do – wrapping presents, buying food, writing Christmas cards… the list goes on. It would be easy to let your proofreading standards slip! But to help you avoid this, we’ve come up with five tips on writing […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Cacti or Cactuses? A Guide to Irregular Plurals

    Dec 11, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling

    As a proofreader (or an aspiring one), you should know not all plurals are formed by adding -s to the end of a singular noun. You’ve probably also learned some irregular plurals by heart. But are there rules you should follow here? And how do they work if so? In this post, we’ll look at […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Noun and Verb Spelling Differences

    Nov 25, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Dialects
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling

    Correcting spelling mistakes is key for any proofreader. But certain errors are easy to miss! This is especially true when it comes to noun and verb spelling differences, partly because they often vary by dialect. In this post, for example, we’ll be taking a look at three cases where the noun and verb forms of […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Can You Start a Sentence with a Conjunction?

    Nov 21, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    As a proofreader, you need to be able to spot and fix grammatical errors. You may have been taught that starting a sentence with a conjunction is one of these errors, but this is in fact a common grammar myth! In this post, we’ll explain what a coordinating conjunction is and why you probably don’t […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What to Do with Dangling and Misplaced Modifiers

    Nov 14, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Dangling and misplaced modifiers are common grammar mistakes. In this post, we’ll talk you through how to spot and correct these errors as a proofreader. What Is a Modifier? In grammatical terms, a modifier is a word, phrase, or clause that describes, clarifies, or alters) another word or phrase within a sentence. A modifier might […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What to Do With Comma Splices

    Sep 23, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    A good proofreader will know how to spot and correct common punctuation errors. One of the most common of these is the comma splice. But what exactly are comma splices, and how can you fix them? Read on to find out more. What Are Comma Splices? A comma splice is what happens when two independent […]

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  • 5 Easy-to-Miss Apostrophe Errors

    5 Easy-to-Miss Apostrophe Errors

    Jun 10, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    A good proofreader will always check for apostrophe errors. And, as a proofreader, you should know the basics of how this punctuation mark works already. However, some apostrophe errors are easier to miss! Five easy-to-miss errors to look out for include: Exceptions to the rules about possessives and words that end in Certain proper nouns […]

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  • Editing Tips: Does a Comma Indicate a Pause?

    Editing Tips: Does a Comma Indicate a Pause?

    May 13, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    One of the first things most people learn about commas is that they indicate a pause. And most writers add a comma wherever they would also pause in speech. When proofreading, though, you need to be more discerning. So, when does a comma indicate a pause? And what else do you need to know as […]

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