Introduction

This tutorial is a brief run through of some of the techniques you can use to edit and proofread your blog posts or articles. I have also included some of the most common punctuation and grammar mistakes that you should be aware of when checking your work.

Content includes:
  • Writing vs Editing
  • Editing for Content
  • Proofreading Techniques
  • 5 Common Punctuation/Grammar Mistakes
  • 5 More Common Punctuation/Grammar Mistakes
  • Summary

PLEASE NOTE
I have used British English spelling throughout.


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I disagree with this one as being right ;

Right: I tried to speak Russian, and my friend tried to speak Spanish.

It isn't necessary to use a comma before the word and.
This is only done if you have what is called a list, then the comma is used.

Example
I tried to speak Russian, German, French, and my friend tried to speak Spanish.

Otherwise really good.
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BIS Premium
Hi Neil,
Commas are not just used in lists. They are used before conjunctions where there are two independent clauses which there are in this case.

Best wishes

Beverley
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I'm sorry Beverley but you are wrong and here's why;

Known as the "Oxford" or serial comma, it is mandatory in US English. In UK English, it is optional, which leads to such confusion as "Eats shoots and leaves". The most famous example of the need for the serial comma is the apocryphal book dedication: "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God". Fowler calls the belief that it is unacceptable to place punctuation before "and", a "superstition".
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terrberr Premium
Totally agree with your findings, Beverley.
And how about simply needing a breath while reading through a particular sentence?
WITH the comma, your brain gets that little rest between independent clauses;)
Feels better, and 4 out of 5 dentists recommend it:))

Thank you for this excellent proofreading training!
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theranman Premium
Thanks for the training. This is your second training that I have read in the last two days. Great information.
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BIS Premium
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Hope you find it useful.
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bryonbrewer Premium
Bookmarked this, will definitely be popping back often! thanks!
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BIS Premium
Thanks Dom!
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Jamie Smith Premium
Thanks for your great blog, I see so many proofreading errors each day online.
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BIS Premium
Thanks Jamie
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Sherion Premium
Great! I am going to try a lot of these ideas.

One thing I was going to ask you is on this first page in the first line>>This tutorial is a brief run through of some of techniques use can use to edit and proofread your blog posts or articles. I am not understanding that line "techniques use can use"? Is it suppose to be "you can use". Just asking.

Thanks again.
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BIS Premium
Ha - spotted the deliberate mistake. (No it wasn't really). Thanks for pointing it out
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findingemo Premium
Beverley, another great training.

I haven't tried the "don't proofread while writing" method. Perhaps, that's why I struggle so much with finishing my pieces, they always seem to be a "work in progress" and I rarely feel confident that they are "done".

I know my grammar and punctuation could use some "refreshing" but, I haven't thought to look online for some reminders and tips. I foolishly rely on grammar, spell check and my memory (lol). I give them way to much "credit" and I am lazier about double checking my work. I assume they have caught all my mistakes.

I throughly enjoy your trainings and I think everyone should read them.

Thanks for sharing. :)
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BIS Premium
Hi Patty
Thanks for the compliments. Glad you enjoyed it.

I think you have to get over the urge to edit and edit - otherwise you find yourself constantly rewriting. I'm rarely happy with what I've written - but the question I always ask myself is 'Is it good enough?' And 9 times out of 10 it is.

I too rely on my knowledge of grammar and punctuation. You'd be surprised how often I get it wrong! You don't have to be perfect, but you do need to know enough to ensure that people can understand what you say and that you don't change the meaning of what you're saying because of a mistake. It's worth giving yourself a refresher course now and again.

Beverley
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