Common Errors

In these posts, we look at common errors that proofreaders and editors may encounter in their work. This will include issues related to spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other aspects of writing.

  • Common Fallacies (and How to Fix Them)

    Common Fallacies (and How to Fix Them)

    Oct 01, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Logical fallacies are deceptive or false arguments that use faulty reasoning to shift the direction of a discussion away from the main point. Whether you’re writing a critical essay or having a heated discussion with your neighbor, being aware of logical fallacies can help you build stronger arguments and establish credibility. As an academic editor, […]

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  • Common Clichés (And How to Avoid Them)

    Common Clichés (And How to Avoid Them)

    Aug 10, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Part of your job as a proofreader or editor is to help your client avoid clichés in their writing. This will involve highlighting overused terms and phrases and suggesting less clichéd alternatives. But to do this, you’ll first need to know what clichéd language is and how to spot it. This is where our guide […]

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Writing Samples to Help You Practice Proofreading

  • What Is the Difference Between an Acronym and an Initialism?

    Jul 13, 2022

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

    Acronyms and initialisms are both types of abbreviations. For most people, there’s no pressing need to know the difference between the two. However, most people aren’t professional proofreaders. For this rare breed, understanding the difference between an acronym and an initialism is necessary. In this blog post, we look closely at acronyms and initialisms, focusing […]

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  • 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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  • 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: Parentheses and Square Brackets in Chicago Style

    Nov 07, 2021

    • Academic Editing
    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation
    • Style

    Parentheses and square brackets are punctuation marks used to set off certain bits of information from the main text in a document. They’re not too tricky, but different style guides can have slightly different rules for their usage. And, as a proofreader, you’ll need to check your client’s writing against these rules. This post, then, […]

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  • Proofreading Tips: What to Do With Scare Quotes

    Proofreading Tips: What to Do With Scare Quotes

    Oct 31, 2021

    • Common Errors
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Punctuation

    As a proofreader, what scares you the most? If scare quotes are the spookiest things you can think of, don’t worry. It might be Halloween, but there’s no reason to fear them! As long as you know what they are and when it’s appropriate to use them, you’ll know exactly what to do when they […]

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  • A Proofreader’s Guide to Straight and Curly Quotes

    A Proofreader’s Guide to Straight and Curly Quotes

    Oct 28, 2021

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

    Quotation marks may seem simple, but if you’ve got a keen eye as all good proofreaders should you might notice some variety in these little symbols. In fact, quotes come in two distinct styles: straight and curly (or ). In this post, then, we’ll cover the difference between straight and curly quotes, and how to […]

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