You might think that it is a relatively easy matter of adding an ‘s’ to a noun in order to pluralize it, for example adding s to cat to form cats. However, in some cases this is not so. Here are a few examples. These apply to British English and terms in the Oxford Dictionary … More Plurals of nouns: Some exceptional cases
It is always good practice to revise and if necessary completely rewrite text in documents to ensure that they are accurate, concise, and the best they can be. Straightforward you might think and you might say “What could possibly go wrong?” Quite a lot actually. But in the process of review there are some hidden traps an author can fall into when using Find and Replace, or inserting or deleting text that can affect pagination. … More Points to watch for when revising text
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. … More Proofreading services: Not just for publishers
I do not usually make resolutions for a new year, but I think this year I will do (with tongue very much in cheek) if only to save mental stress. I will not rant at the television when I spot spelling mistakes in captions accompanying news items, such as someone’s name, which is clearly wrong … More Proofreading resolutions for 2017
Have you ever wondered why some books use -ise spellings , such as organisation, while others use the spelling organization? Usually, this is not merely an author’s whim but follows a recognized spelling style.
The Find tool in Microsoft Word is a useful and powerful instrument but can cause difficulties when used in conjunction with the Replace tool without caution.
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 … More Preparing for proofreading
There are limits to what a proofreader may do for a student according to university regulations … More Proofreading for students – are there any ethical issues?
This confusion is also something I see frequently while proofreading. In fact, I have just completed proofreading an article where it was spelled correctly only once out of twelve incidences of the word over two pages! Principal is a noun meaning ‘chief’ or ‘most important’ person, such as in ‘the principal [head teacher] of the … More Confused words: Principal or principle?
Know the difference between the spellings complement and compliment … More Confused words: Complement or compliment?