Tips for writers: Knowing when to use colons

There are many who consider the colon and semi-colon to be identical punctuation stop marks and use both without discrimination, while others have a strong preference for one mark and have little use for the other. Here I am going to concentrate solely on the use of colons. The colon is described in the New … Continue reading Tips for writers: Knowing when to use colons

Proofreading services: Not just for publishers

Publishers are not the only ones that require and benefit from proofreading services. Below are a few instances of other people or bodies who can benefit from the attention and skill of an experienced proofreader, together with relevant links to my website for further information.

Tips for writers: Knowing how to use hyphens and dashes

You might wonder what the difference is between hyphens (-) and dashes/rules (*– en, — em dash/rule) that are to be seen in publications. Well, they have distinct functions in punctuation. The main ones are covered below. Hyphens These are used to join two words together (e.g. ‘mother-in-law’, ‘ill-natured child’), called a hard hyphen to … Continue reading Tips for writers: Knowing how to use hyphens and dashes

Preparing for proofreading

Following on from the benefits of proofreading there are several steps an author can take before submitting a document for proofreading to make the task faster and cheaper

The value of punctuation (1): the comma

Some people nowadays might think that with technology increasingly being used to communicate, for instance texting and tweeting, there is less use for punctuation. Perhaps so in the media I have just mentioned, but in formal communications such as letters, CVs, reports and books, it still serves an invaluable purpose: to enhance clarity and avoid … Continue reading The value of punctuation (1): the comma