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Plausible typos and homophones – the importance of human proofreaders

Maybe it’s because I’m writing this on a Friday and the prospect of a weekend tipple is looming in blatant disregard for ‘Go Sober’ October, but I seem to have encountered a lot of beer-related typos recently. The processes and

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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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Homophones I

In the post entitled ‘Ten Tips for Proofreading’, helpful tip number 8 stated: ‘Watch out for homophones: words that sound the same but have different meanings are commonly confused and may be used incorrectly. Examples of these are discreet/discrete and affect/effect.’ In my

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