Tag: editing

Two, to or too: which one to use?

Homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) can cause confusion. It’s easy to write hear instead of here, there instead of their, or to instead of too. Anything can happen when you’re quickly writing. That’s why editing

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When to use past and passed

They say the past is a foreign country. Sometimes, knowing whether to use past or passed can make English seem like a foreign language. Despite sounding the same, past and passed (and, if you want to be fancy, parsed) are

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Loose or lose: what’s the difference

If you’re looking at the title of this post and scratching your head, then this post is for you. Loose and lose have different meanings, however, if you look at a lot of written material today, you’d think they could

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Orwell’s six rules for writing

In my last post, I mentioned George Orwell’s six rules for effective writing, taken from “Politics and the English Language”. If you’re not familiar with them, I’ve listed them below. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech

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A series of ups and downs

When you write, it’s easy for extra words to sneak into the text, words that, on reflection, aren’t needed. Two of those words are up and down. Think about it: how many times do you use them and they don’t

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A not-so-iron will

Were you ever given a piece of writing advice that stuck in your head? And I don’t mean just went into your brain and settled amongst all the other pieces but actually stuck in your head, front of mind, and

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Back in the 80s…or 80’s?

I’ve been to visit a few museums recently and checked out their current exhibitions. Interestingly, two of them had video game exhibitions with lots of interactivity. And among all the hands-on stuff were a few signs giving facts and figures.

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Consistency is king

One of the common questions an editor is asked is, “Which is the “right” way to do things?” In many instances there is a “right” way to do things, for example, spelling or where to put an apostrophe, but there

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What do you call a gathering of editors?

I attended the 6th IPEd National Editors Conference in Fremantle, Western Australia last week. Two-hundred-and-twenty editors from across the country came together to share in their love of language – and cry over the decline in its standards. Though as

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War on wordiness

Often your writing will need more than spelling and grammar checking. It will need to be edited. Editing interrogates a piece’s structure, and makes good writing exceptional. Perhaps this is a bit of a grand portrayal of what editing does, but

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