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You spell it potarto, I spell it potayto…

Although it is not certain who was the first to describe the USA and the UK as ‘two countries divided by a common language’, there is no doubt they were right when it came to spelling. The many subtle differences

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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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This is something I find myself repeating day in, day out: The key is consistency. There are plenty of rules that must be followed in writing, but, at the same time, there are different styles that can be adopted but

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Homophones III

So, its time to analyse advice and advise. This one is pretty simple. All you have to do is remember that one is a verb and one is a noun. Advice is a noun, ‘guidance or recommendations offered with regard to prudent action’ (OED).

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Homophones II

As promised we will now consider the difference between complement and compliment, two words which are often confused. Complement Verb: ‘to add to something in a way that enhances or improves’ (OED) Noun: ‘an addition that improves something’ (OED) Example: That tie complements your

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