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Test Your Mettle (or Is It Metal?) with This Proofreading Quiz

Posted by Terri Porter   Mar 11, 2015 6:30:00 AM

It’s standard testing time for many schools. But why should students have all the fun? In honor of National Grammar Day on March 4 and National Proofreading Day on March 8, we’re giving you the opportunity to assess your proofreading skills with a little quiz.

We’ve laced the five numbered paragraphs below with errors, some obvious and some a bit sneaky. But they’re all unequivocally wrong. Acceptable variations — such as words with different spellings (e.g., advisor, adviser) or sentences that could be punctuated multiple ways — are not included here.

The figures in parentheses indicate the number of mistakes in each paragraph. Indicate how you would correct the following by providing a corrected version, or do like our editors do and use Word’s Track Changes and Comments features:

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Topics: proofreading

You Want an Apostrophe with that Name?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Dec 11, 2014 7:00:00 AM

When we proofread documents for our business clients, we often find that writers don't know how and when to use an apostrophe. Today, let's explore some rules about using an apostrophe when writing the names of organizations and products that contain words that could be considered either possessive or descriptive terms.

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Topics: proofreading, punctuation, apostrophe

Active Proofreading: How to Successfully Proofread Your Own Work

Posted by Conni Eversull   Nov 2, 2010 4:30:00 AM

The following is a guest post from Maria Ranier.

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Topics: proofread, proofreading, spelling, proofeading technique, spell-check software, homonyms

Writing for Business -- Create a Professional Image

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jun 18, 2010 10:48:00 AM

I recently had a conversation with Rick Roberge who told me what a great service our company provides. Rick, a sales coach and trainer, said he believes that every salesperson who writes proposals, e-mails, letters, etc., should incorporate proofreading as a standard part of their business writing process.  Rick then went on to write a blog post about this topic.

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Topics: writing guidelines, business writing, proofreading, proposals, grammar, writing style, writing

What business communication, writing, editing, topics should we cover?

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jun 8, 2010 5:00:00 AM

Each week (well mostly!) our team posts articles to the GrammarPhile blog that we hope you find helpful and interesting. Our goal is to provide posts that you look forward to reading and that you find helpful as you go through your daily work routine. But I sometimes wonder if we're giving you what you'd really like to read. So this week, I'm inviting you to give us your feedback.

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Topics: editing, business writing, proofreading

North, East, South or West - Capitalize or Not?

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Feb 16, 2010 5:00:00 AM

When proofreading or editing documents, we often find that writers are confused about when to capitalize these terms. Here are some rules to follow.

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Topics: editing, proofreading, capitalization

Principal or Principle?

Posted by Julie DeSilva   Aug 31, 2009 6:00:00 AM

When proofreading and editing our customers' business documents, we constantly come across the misuse of the words principal and principle.

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Topics: editing, proofreading, grammar

Libyan Terrorist Suffers from "Prostrate" Cancer

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 25, 2009 1:50:00 PM

Years ago we had a daily page on our site dedicated to finding a grammar, punctuation, or typographical error a day in the Wall Street Journal. Back then it was an ordeal to actually find an error a day, given that the WSJ was just about the most thoroughly edited paper in print.

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Topics: errors, proofreading, typo

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