Spelling

In these posts, we look at issues related to spelling and common spelling errors. Brush up on your proofreading and editing skills with Knowadays.

  • 5 Tips on How to Write the Perfect Christmas Card

    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

    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

  • Proofreading Tips: Numbers in AP Style

    Oct 17, 2021

    • Business Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Spelling
    • Style

    Created by journalists to help public-facing writing in 1953, The AP Stylebook is still one of the most commonly used American English style guides around. As a proofreader, you’ll often need to check the formatting of numbers when working with a client who writes in AP style. This post will take you through how to […]

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  • 5 Commonly Confused Words to Look Out for While Proofreading

    Aug 28, 2021

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

    If you’re a proofreader, you’ll most likely find it easy to spot common spelling mistakes and typos. But some words might still catch you out from time to time. In this post, then, we’re looking at five commonly confused words that proofreaders should keep an eye out for. Becoming A Proofreader Have you got an […]

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  • Editing Tips: What to Do with Variant Spellings

    Jul 08, 2021

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

    If you want to pursue a career in proofreading, sooner or later you will encounter words that have variant spellings . In this post, then, we’re going to look at some common types of variant spellings and how to proofread them. Becoming A Proofreader If you would like to brush up on the basics of […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What Is Oxford Spelling?

    Apr 08, 2021

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

    As a proofreader, you might come across the term Oxford spelling. But what does this mean? And how should you approach a document if your client specifies using it? In this post, we explain everything you need to know to proofread documents effectively. If you’re not sure which spelling to use for a term, check […]

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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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  • A Proofreader’s Guide to Latin Plural Word Endings

    Mar 07, 2021

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

    From abacus to virus, lots of English nouns have origins in Latin. These words can pose a challenge for proofreaders, though, as many have two plural forms. Here, then, we’ll look at some common Latin plurals to see how these words work in English. Common Latin Plural Word Endings Common Latin word endings in modern […]

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  • 5 Errors New Proofreaders Often Miss

    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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