Author Archives: Lizzie

Spelt v spelled

People are often confused about the correct spelling of the past tense of the verb ‘to spell’. As with so many of these issues, the problem seems to be one of a clash between the UK, the US, and the … Continue reading

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Hall of shame: Brighton’s top gay

This lovely photo linked to by @jcodfishpie on Twitter, who commented that ‘Brighton’s top gay should be ashamed of himself’ is another great example of how important is is to check the big picture.

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Ending punctuation – full stops, question marks and exclamation marks

There are three different ways to end a sentence. There is a correct use for each, despite the fact that they are frequently confused. Continue reading

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Full stops in quotation marks – where do they go?

If you’re using quotation marks – either for reported speech or for quoting phrases or titles – it’s important to know where to put the punctuation. Continue reading

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In this area, you’ll find blog posts about aspects of grammar that trip people up, or often come up as issues in work that we do. There are also some how-to guides on dealing with the proofreading process. Feel free … Continue reading

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Editing or proofreading?

I offer both proofreading services and editing. They’re related services and people aren’t always sure of the difference. Basically, proofreading tells you what is wrong with a document or manuscript, whereas editing will tell you how to make things even … Continue reading

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Hall of shame: Ikea finally bend space

I saw this sign on a recent trip to Ikea. The sign claims that “These facilities are also located in the Entrance area and our Restaurant upstairs”. That’s not what they mean of course, they mean that similar facilities are … Continue reading

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Hyphens v en-dashes

Hyphen, en-dashes, and em-dashes are very similar, commonly-confused pieces of punctuation. Hyphens A hyphen is used to join two words. There should be no spaces on either side of a hyphen. Example Lizzie Cass-Maran A well-read book A dark-blue sea … Continue reading

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Using quotation marks – single or double?

People sometimes get confused about whether to use single or double quotation marks (also known as ‘inverted commas’). The answer, as with so many things when it comes to proofreading, is that it’s up to you, as long as you … Continue reading

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Correct use of apostrophes

Apostrophes An apostrophe is used for two purposes: To show one or more missing letters: Don’t (do not) They’re (they are) Claire’s (Claire is) To show ownership: Claire’s bucket, the children’s toys, Jesus’s disciples. Jesus’s? Ok, so this one depends … Continue reading

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