Video: Difference between Your and You're
Your and you're sound nearly identical when spoken and they look very similar when written. However, they actually have very different meanings and should not be confused. Errors related to your and you're are frequently identified and corrected by our English proofreaders. Here is a simple explanation of the difference between these two commonly confused words.Video by Online English Editor.Online English Edito Read More →
Infographic: Email Greetings
An email greeting is the first word(s) of an email used to address your audience. Email greetings are critical because they set the tone for your email and immediately tell the reader a lot about you. In this infographic, Online English Editor looks at different types of email greetings and how to choose the right one for your audience. Infographic by Online English Editor.Online English Editor is an Englis Read More →
ESL 101 Class: What to Expect
For non-native English speakers, attending an English university can be both stressful and intimidating. One of the first courses non-native English speakers frequently take is English as a Second Language, which can put some students on edge. Once they’re in class, however, students typically realize they had nothing to fear. Being prepared ahead of time can ease some of these worries, so here are some things you Read More →
5 Benefits of Expanding Your Vocabulary
Academics and writers are famous for lauding the merits of a large vocabulary. Similarly, individuals preparing for entrance exams to institutes of higher education are very aware of the value of building a strong vocabulary. The virtues of expanding your vocabulary are even well known among primary and high school students. Unfortunately, the importance of vocabulary building is frequently forgott Read More →
Infographic: Transition Words
Transition words are used to present the relationship between ideas. They can be used to show the connection between independent sentences, paragraphs or sections in a paper. Transition words are important because they make your English writing sound more natural. The amendments to a paper made by an English proofreader will frequently relate to adding or improving the use of transition words. This infographic gives Read More →
6 Types of Essays in Academic Writing
Opinion, Persuasive, and Argument – Oh My! In school, most people learn how to write the standard persuasive and argument essays, but there are so many other genres that can be just as effective when written for the proper audiences. Opinion EssayOpinion essays are probably the easiest essays to write because they are only based on one factor: the writer's own opinion on a specific topic. There is typical Read More →
How to Improve Your Proofreading Skills
If you've ever paid someone to proofread a document or paper, or waited a long time for someone to proofread your work for free, you have probably asked yourself what can you do to proofread better and avoid this situation all together? While many proofreaders have an innate ability to detect and correct errors in writing, it is still a skill that can be learned and honed over time. Here are just a few ways that can Read More →
Examples of Run-On Sentences and How to Fix Them
Putting a Stop to Run-On Sentences
Arguably one of the most common mistakes in writing, a run-on sentence can make any piece of writing sound wordy and unprofessional. Run-on sentences can also be one of the hardest writing habits to stop since most people write the way they speak. There is hope, though! What is a Run-On Sentence?By definition, a run-on sentence happens when two or more independent clauses co Read More →
Establishing Your Setting: Preparing Yourself to Write
There is no one “correct” way of writing: what worked best for Ernest Hemingway or Stephen King may not work best for you. As a writer, it is important to establish the conditions under which you will write optimally. For many writers, it is not simply enough to sit down and write when you are struck with ideas. It requires routine, which helps to utilize inspiration and navigate through times when there doesn’ Read More →
Methods for Effective Proofreading
While the easiest method of proofreading is sending a document to a proofreading service, learning some tricks of the trade might help you save some time and money! Proofreading is, indeed, a tedious, time-consuming task, one that most people – even writers – loathe doing. It is especially difficult to proofread one’s own writing due to bias and the fact that we tend to see what we meant to write instead of wha Read More →
What is the Difference Between Proofreading and Editing?
If you have invested significant time in an important writing project, you know the feeling of wanting to make your paper its absolute best. You have, perhaps, invested significant time in a university essay, literature review, or graduate school dissertation. To complement your own efforts, you may have considered getting the assistance of a professional editor or proofreader.
Conceptually, getting the assis Read More →
The Dreaded Plot Hole
For many writers, one of the biggest challenges is avoiding and (when required) addressing plot holes. For those new to the terminology, plot holes are an inconsistency or break in the logical flow of a story’s narrative. Plot holes can hinder a reader’s ability to understand and appreciate a storyline. Resolving plot holes requires much more than a cursory proofread. Addressing plot holes frequently requires sig Read More →
Your Friend, Your English Editor
There is a saying: “A good friend knows all your stories. A best friend helped you write them.” But they forget what the most useful friend does – they help you edit them. Okay, that might be a bit much, but everyone has that friend they can go to if they need a quick proofread on something – the unofficial English editor friend who never complains or even gives so much as a sigh when you ask for help. Read More →
3 Reasons Why You Need an English Editor
3 Reasons Why You Need an English EditorA prior Online English Editor post looked at the differences between proofreading and editing. The post articulated how the editorial process can improve the structure, flow and clarity of a paper.Expanding on the same topic, this post looks more closely at the benefits of working with a professional English editor. What is meant by editing?
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5 Must-Have Attributes of a Good Proofreader
What Makes a Good Proofreader?
Proofreader friend: (noun) the member of a group always charged with proofreading everyone else’s work; almost daily this person hears, “Hey, can you just proofread this real quick?”
Everyone has that friend or colleague who is the go-to proofreader. You know the type: can spot a comma error before even reading the e-mail, sends a paper back with at least eighty “suggest Read More →
Why Use a Proofreading Service?
There are times in your professional or academic career where the quality of your writing can make or break you. Common situations that come to mind include: graduate theses, university applications, and résumés. When it comes to putting the final touches on these types of significant writing projects, many professionals and academics recognize the importance of securing someone to proofread or edit their pape Read More →
How to Choose the Right Proofreading Service
When it comes to getting your paper proofread, there are literally hundreds of proofreading services from which you can choose. Wading through their unique service offerings and understanding their points of differentiation can be difficult.A recent Online English Editor article looked at four benefits of using a proofreading service. With the merits of using a proofreading service in mind, this article will detail f Read More →
What Is Tone in Literature?
“Don’t take that tone with me!” is a familiar phrase to anyone who has parents. Creating tone in speech is easy, but it’s much more difficult to create in writing. Even writing e-mail messages requires a certain level of tone accuracy to convey the right message. The question is, though, how does one do this with grace and precision? What Is Tone? In writing, tone is the character of the atmo Read More →