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.

  • What Is a Misplaced Modifier? (With Examples)

    What Is a Misplaced Modifier? (With Examples)

    Jan 23, 2023

    • Common Errors
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Understanding common grammar errors and how to fix them is a key part of working as a proofreader. In this post, we explain what misplaced modifiers are and what you can do when you spot them in your clients’ work. What Is a Misplaced Modifier? Modifiers are words, phrases, or clauses that describe another part […]

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  • What Is a Dangling Modifier? (With Examples)

    What Is a Dangling Modifier? (With Examples)

    Jan 16, 2023

    • Common Errors
    • Grammar
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    As a proofreader, you’ll need to spot and fix grammatical errors. One of the most common of these is the dangling modifier. In this post, we’ll provide a crash course on what dangling modifiers are, how to identify them, and what to do with them when proofreading. What Is a Dangling Modifier? A modifier is […]

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How to Use Comparatives and Superlatives (With Examples)

  • One Word or Two? 10 Common Mistakes

    Jan 07, 2023

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Are you confident about terms being one word or two? If you are, congratulations! If not, though, you’re not alone. Errors of this type are some of the most common in the English language. In this post, we’ll cover some of the most common mistakes so that you’ve got the basics covered – whether you’re […]

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  • When to Use “I” and “Me” in a Sentence

    Nov 19, 2022

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

    Is it “you and me” or “you and I”? This can be a complex question, even for native English speakers. The difference lies in whether you need to use a subject pronoun or an object pronoun. In this post, we’ll dig into what these pronouns are and how to establish when “I” or “me” is […]

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  • When to Use Possessive Apostrophes

    Nov 13, 2022

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

    Apostrophes are one of the most commonly misused forms of punctuation. As a proofreader or editor, you’ll need to catch apostrophe errors in your client’s work. There are two main uses of apostrophes: to indicate possession and to create a contraction. In this post, we’ll be focusing on the former. Read on to learn the […]

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  • Similes and Metaphors: What’s the Difference?

    Nov 09, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Creative Writing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a simile and a metaphor and how to use them in writing? If you’re an editor, particularly of creative writing and fiction, it’s important to know the difference between these two literary devices so that you can advise your client on when to use them – […]

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  • How to Use Semicolons (With Examples) 

    Oct 24, 2022

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

    A semicolon (;) is a punctuation mark that indicates a pause, and it typically serves two purposes: linking two closely related independent clauses and separating items in a multipart list. But how are they different from colons? And when is a semicolon a better choice than a comma? As a proofreader, you’ll need to know […]

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  • Common Homophone Errors (and How to Avoid Them)

    Oct 17, 2022

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

    It’s time for a flashback to elementary school. Remember the unit on homophones, way back when? Homophones are words with the same pronunciation but different meanings and spellings (e.g., “wait” and “weight”). Many people mistake one term for the other when writing homophones. In this post, we’ll look at some of the most common homophone […]

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  • The Bad Big Wolf? A Proofreader’s Guide to Adjective Order

    The Bad Big Wolf? A Proofreader’s Guide to Adjective Order

    Oct 08, 2022

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

    If the phrases “black little dress” and “red dry wine” sound strange in your head, you have intrinsic knowledge of English adjective order. When we use multiple adjectives to modify a noun or nouns, they don’t fall into a random sequence. Rather, they follow a pattern based on their function. In fact, most native English […]

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  • 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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