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e.g., etc.

We often see a combination of e.g. and etc. in texts, as in the following example: A compound sentence is one or more simple sentences joined by a connective, e.g. and, but, then, etc. This is technically incorrect… ‘e.g.’ comes

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The En Rule

A previous post on this blog covered when to use a hyphen (-) and when to use a en dash (–). Under ‘En Dash’, point 2 stated that an en dash is used to show relationships and connections between two words.

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ICT Terminology – KB or kB?

Since I have a background in physics, errors in units are always slightly more likely to catch my eye during proofreading. It occurred to me while proofreading an ICT document that the unit of memory ‘kilobyte’ is more or less

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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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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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