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How to use Find and Replace

When proofreading or editing in Microsoft Word, the Find and Replace feature can be an invaluable timesaving tool and assurance of consistency. If you’re not already using it, now is the time to start! What is Find and Replace? Most

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How not to confuse e.g. and i.e.

The abbreviations e.g. and i.e. are confused with each other all the time, but they needn’t be. Often one is used in place of the other simply because the author doesn’t know the difference between the two – or even

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Collective Nouns: Singular or plural?

A collective noun is a singular noun used to describe a collection of things (collection being the collective noun in that sentence, for example). Other common collective nouns include group, team, crowd, herd or family, as well as less obvious

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Dangling Participles

What is a participle? Participles are words formed from verbs that are used as an adjective (running water) or noun (good breeding). There are two types: the present participle (all end in -ing) and the past participle (usually end in -ed

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Order of Adjectives

Have you every wondered why it sounds more natural to say ‘my little black phone’, for example, than ‘my black little phone’? The reason is that there is an accepted order of adjectives, should more than one be used to

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