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Common Mistakes: Affect Vs. Effect

Common Mistakes: Affect Vs. Effect | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Although separated by only one letter, the commonly confused words 'affect' and 'effect' have very different meanings. Learn more with Proofread My Document.

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Developing an Argument in your Dissertation

Developing an Argument in your Dissertation | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

I often proofread dissertations where the author has thought deeply about their subject but has failed to think about the logical structure of their argument. This is a real shame and could cost them marks.

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Word Choice: Whose vs. Who’s

Word Choice: Whose vs. Who’s | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

The words ‘whose’ and ‘who’s’ often get confused- they sound exactly the same and look pretty similar too. So how on earth can you know for sure when you should use each one? In this blog post, we will set it out clearly for you.

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How to Use ‘et al.’

How to Use ‘et al.’ | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Do you get confused when using Latin abbreviations in your academic work? Worry no more with our handy guide to using 'et al.'

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How to Write a Dissertation Abstract

How to Write a Dissertation Abstract | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

academic proofreadersSo, you are almost done with your dissertation, thesis, or paper. Well done! Time to rattle off a quick abstract, right? Wrong! The abstract is the very first thing people will read (and often the only part).

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The Passive Voice

The Passive Voice | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Often, when you are writing in Microsoft Word, you will have certain sentences flagged up in the spellchecker as ‘passive’. The program tells you to consider changing this. Why? What is the passive voice, and is it such a bad thing?

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Common Spelling Errors

Common Spelling Errors | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Today I am going to show you some easy-to-remember rhymes that can help you with your spellings. Most people learn these rhymes in school when they are young but, if you are an international student, you might have missed out on these!

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Word Choice: Cel vs. Cell and Sell

Word Choice: Cel vs. Cell and Sell | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

It may be summer, but this can be a great time to brush up on your grammar and writing style, so that you can be ahead of the game when you get back into your work.

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Reasons for Selecting Essay Proofreading

Reasons for Selecting Essay Proofreading | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

It is true that writing an essay can be a difficult task. The same is the case with proofreading an essay. Regardless of the reason you are writing an essay, be it for academic or non-academic reasons, essay writing is nevertheless crucial.

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How to Write Impressive College Entrance Essays

College admission essays are written in a different style than that of normal college essays. Steps to write an essay or application for admission differ slightly from that of other academic write-ups. Academic writing guidelines include methods of framing an essay in order to gain admission to your desired college.
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Word Choice: Deprecate vs. Depreciate

Word Choice: Deprecate vs. Depreciate | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

It’s very easy to make mistakes when writing a long document; and if you have been working on it for months you may even get used to the mistakes. If you are enrolled in an optional semester at the moment, you can use this extra time to brush up on common mistakes!

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Common Mistakes: Lie or Lay?

Common Mistakes: Lie or Lay? | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

The confusion surrounding use of the two verbs ‘lay’ and ‘lie’ is deeply ingrained in the English language, and with good reason. Although they are two separate verbs, the word ‘lay’ is the present participle spelling of one and the past participle spelling of the other.

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Common Mistakes: Infer or Imply?

Common Mistakes: Infer or Imply? | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

There is often confusion surrounding the verbs ‘to imply’ and ‘to infer’. Deciding which verb is the correct one to use in the context of your writing depends upon point of view, and whether one is the speaker or the interpreter of what has been said.
Intrigued? Read on to learn more about these subtly different verbs so that you can employ them with confidence in your writing.

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How To Write The Date Correctly

How To Write The Date Correctly | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

There are so many different ways that one can choose to write the date in everyday life that knowing which one to use in the context of academic writing can be difficult.

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When to Include ‘the’ in Place Names

When to Include ‘the’ in Place Names | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

It is often confusing to get place names right, especially if you are not a native speaker. Native speakers seem to know intuitively that we say ‘Buckingham Palace’ but ‘The Royal Opera House’. So, if you never learned this as a child, how can you tell when to insert ‘the’? Here is a list to start you off!

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Word Choice: Amount vs. Number

Word Choice: Amount vs. Number | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

When speaking about quantities, it is very easy to use the words ‘amount’ and ‘number’ in the wrong way. Slip-ups like these can make your work look quite unprofessional so, if you want to make sure you have it right, send it over to a professional proofreader before you submit!

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How to Label Tables and Figures

When you are writing an academic document, you need to make sure that you label your tables and figures correctly. This is paramount; incorrectly labelled tables and figures can cost your vital marks! If you just can’t work out how to do this correctly, or you are worried about it, you can always get it checked by a professional.

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Word Choice Discrete vs. Discreet

Word Choice Discrete vs. Discreet | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

These two words are homophones, which mean that they sound the same. Although they both derive from the same root, from the Latin ‘discretus’, meaning ‘separate’ or ‘put apart’, they have completely different meanings. They are commonly mistaken; so read on to check that you have made the correct word choice!

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Determiners- Proofread My Document's Academic Blog

Determiners- Proofread My Document's Academic Blog | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

How can you be sure you have used the right determiners? We are determined to help you! Read on to find out all about them in our academic blog!

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Creating a To-do List for your Dissertation

Creating a To-do List for your Dissertation | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

If you are going to be writing your dissertation next year, and want to get ahead of the game this summer, why not begin planning out your dissertation project now? Finding that you are disorganised halfway through is really unhelpful, but it can take valuable time to make a plan of attack; all the more reason to get this done before you start the next year!

 

 

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Word Choice: Cite vs. Sit

Word Choice: Cite vs. Sit | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Today we are going to look at two really similar words: ‘cite’ and ‘site’. It’s really essential that you get this right, as you may have to use the word ‘cite’ quite frequently in your academic writing. Learn to make the correct word choice today!

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Acquire Top Grades by Professional Proofreading Guidelines

Acquire Top Grades by Professional Proofreading Guidelines | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Proofreading is the final process of producing papers, theses, dissertations, assignments, and essays. The important thing is to make your document flawless and impressive prior to submitting it. Proofreading involves various aspects.

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Content to Avoid in Personal Statements

Content to Avoid in Personal Statements | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Writing polished academic documents is crucial for acquiring good grades. Documents like essays, theses, papers, and assignments are written after considering the predefined guidelines.However, guidelines differ for different documents.Personal statements are documents that require following a specific guideline.The content type is what determines if it can be added to a personal statement.

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Common Mistakes: Less Vs. Fewer

Common Mistakes: Less Vs. Fewer | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

The words ‘less’ and ‘fewer’ are both comparatives of the word ‘little’, with ‘least’ being the superlative. Although these two words are used to mean the same thing, there are grammatical rules determining which one should be used in certain contexts.

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Boosting Concentration: Tips to Improve the Quality and Quantity of your Work

Boosting Concentration: Tips to Improve the Quality and Quantity of your Work | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

We would all like the time we devote to our work to be as focused and productive as possible. Sometimes, though, it’s possible to spend hours at your desk and have little to show for it.

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Writing The Introduction: Some Helpful Tips

Writing The Introduction: Some Helpful Tips | Proofreaders  Australia | Scoop.it

Writing the introduction to a lengthy paper is a fairly daunting task. Faced with a blank piece of paper and thousands of words ahead of you, writing the very first sentence can become an overwhelming challenge.

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