Proofreading and Editing Tips

Whether you’re just getting started or are a seasoned proofreader or editor, there’s always something new to learn. That’s where our blogs come in. They’re packed with expert views, hints and hacks on everything from grammatical curiosities to formatting shortcuts and can’t-live-without tools.

  • The Inverted Pyramid in Journalism

    The Inverted Pyramid in Journalism

    Sep 14, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    The inverted pyramid is a handy tool used by journalists and business writers to structure their work. Understanding the inverted pyramid and how it’s used will help you to edit this form of writing. In this post, we explain the basics of the inverted pyramid so that you can use it to help assess your […]

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  • How to Use the 5 “W”s (and 1 H)

    How to Use the 5 “W”s (and 1 H)

    Sep 01, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    The five “W”s are a principle widely used in journalism and copywriting, so they are worth understanding if you want to edit these types of writing. In this post, we’ll set out the basics of the five “W”s and how you can use them as an editor. What Are the Five “W”s? The five “W”s […]

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Proofreading Tips: When Should You Write Out Numbers in Full?

  • 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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  • 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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  • 5 Questions to Ask When Editing a Listicle

    Aug 03, 2022

    • Business Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Formatting
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    If you edit articles or blog posts for business clients, at some point you’ll probably need to edit one of the most popular formats out there nowadays – the listicle. As the name suggests, a listicle is a piece of writing that organizes its sections as a numbered list – just like this post, in […]

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  • What Are the Different Types of Proofreading?

    Jul 29, 2022

    • Clients
    • Freelance Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips

    When working as a freelance proofreader, you’ll encounter various documents from all sorts of clients. However, while each document poses its own challenges, there are perhaps four major types of proofreading that will make up your day-to-day workload: In this post, we’ll look at what each of the above typically involves. Academic and Student Writing […]

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  • How to Spot a Credible Source

    Jul 28, 2022

    • Academic Editing
    • Editing Tips
    • Proofreading and Editing Tips
    • Referencing and Citations

    As an academic editor, part of your job may involve making sure your client has backed up their argument by citing credible sources. But how can you tell if a source is reliable or not? In this post, we’ll take a look at what makes a source credible and what to do if you spot […]

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  • Writing Samples to Help You Practice Proofreading

    Jul 27, 2022

    • Common Errors
    • Editing Tips

    At Knowadays, we love to help you improve your proofreading skills. So today, we’re giving you three short passages of text to practice on. They are written in American English. Just copy and paste each passage into a Microsoft Word document and make any changes you feel are necessary (focusing on clear errors rather than […]

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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?

    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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