Other Errors

An archive of posts covering assorted issues that proofreaders and editors may encounter in their work. Among other things, this includes the regional differences between English dialects, abbreviations, numbers, capitalisation, and many other errors that occur in English-language writing.

  • Proofreading Tips: A Proofreader's Guide to E.g. and I.e.

    Proofreading Tips: A Proofreader's Guide to E.g. and I.e.

    Nov 28, 2021

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

    The terms e.g. and i.e. are common, especially in academic writing. As a proofreader, it’s important to know what they mean and how to use them. In this blog post, we give a basic introduction to e.g. and i.e., as well as some common errors to look out for when proofreading. What Do E.g. and […]

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  • Dos and Don'ts for New Proofreaders

    Dos and Don'ts for New Proofreaders

    Jul 18, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Freelance Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    You’ve brushed up on your grammar, read the dictionary cover to cover, and you want to become a proofreader. Good start! But while good grammar and spelling is essential, sometimes it’s small mistakes that trip up new proofreaders. To help you avoid common mistakes, we’ve compiled our top five dos and don’ts for new proofreaders: […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Prepositions in Title Case

    May 02, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    In title case – a common approach to styling titles and headings – the first letters of the main words in a title are prepositions in titles. Title Case and Prepositions If you want to know more, sign up for a free trial of the course today!

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  • Editing Tips: What Is Alphabet Soup?

    Apr 18, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    A dedicated proofreader will have an appetite for all kinds of text. But if there’s one literary meal that no editor or proofreader likes to see, it’s alphabet soup. What is alphabet soup in a writing context, though? And why is it a problem? In this post, we explain the basics and what to do […]

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  • 5 More Misused Phrases to Look Out for While Proofreading

    Mar 21, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary Tips

    As a proofreader, you need to be on the lookout for misspelled words and phrases. To help you on this count, we previously looked at five commonly misused phrases. But there are plenty more to look out for! In this post, we’ll take you through five more. 1. Wet Your Appetite (Whet Your Appetite) The phrase […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Editing Gendered Language

    Jan 24, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style
    • Vocabulary Tips

    Many companies and individuals now aim to make their writing gender neutral. And, as a proofreader, you may have to help them achieve this. In this post, we’re going to look at some common examples of gendered language you may need to watch out for: The gendered pronoun being used as a neutral or default […]

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  • Editing Tips: Typographic Rivers Explained

    Jan 17, 2021

    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    When proofreading a typeset text, such as page proofs for a book, you may need to keep an eye out for rivers. No, we don’t mean bodies of water. We mean gaps in the text. To find out what rivers are and what to do with them, check out our guide below. Rivers in Text […]

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  • 5 Errors New Proofreaders Often Miss

    Jan 14, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling

    Proofreaders need to be careful not to overlook mistakes in text while they work. Here, for instance, we’re going to look at five errors that new proofreaders often miss in documents: Mix-ups involving unfamiliar homophones. Multiple independent clauses combined in a comma splice. Inconsistencies in a document that don’t involve explicit errors. Misplaced or missing […]

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  • 5 Tips for Proofreading Different English Dialects

    5 Tips for Proofreading Different English Dialects

    Nov 29, 2020

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Spelling
    • Vocabulary Tips

    One benefit of freelance proofreading is that you can work with clients all around the world. But this may mean you encounter English dialects that differ from the one you know best. And while this can pose challenges for proofreaders, we have a few tips that can help: Set the language preferences in your word […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism and Copyright in Creative Writing

    Proofreading Tips: Plagiarism and Copyright in Creative Writing

    Nov 15, 2020

    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Other Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Style

    Plagiarism in creative writing is harder to identify than, say, academic plagiarism. Despite this, proofreaders may want to look out for potential plagiarism and copyright issues in creative writing. To help you navigate these muddy waters, we’ve prepared a quick guide to the basics. What Is Plagiarism in Creative Writing? It is hard to define […]

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