Category Archives: Common Errors
Word Choice: To, Too or Two?

Mixing up ‘to’ and ‘too’ is one of the most common spelling mistakes we see as proofreaders. Confusing these terms with ‘two’ is less usual, but they sound alike and it’s easy to make a ...

21 December 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: There, Their or They’re?

There are few terms more commonly mixed up than ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’. And when a spelling error inspires the name of an indie rock band, you know it must be widespread. It’s ...

29 November 2016 | 0 comments



Punctuation Tips: How to Use Commas Correctly

For such a common punctuation mark, the comma is a surprisingly tricky fellow. Certainly, this is reflected in how frequently we see commas misused in all kinds of writing. However, misplaced commas c...

28 November 2016 | 0 comments



Misused Words: Ironic and Literally

Put on your pedantry hats, it’s time to look at some commonly misused words! To be specific, two of the most frequently misused terms in the English language: ‘ironic’ and ‘literally’. Does ...

27 September 2016 | 0 comments



The Great ‘Data’ Debate: Singular or Plural?

While there can only ever be one Brent Spiner, there are two ways we use the word ‘data’. The debate over whether it should be singular or plural thus continues. In fact, scientists curren...

28 May 2016 | 0 comments



Idiom Corner: The Exception that Proves the Rule

Welcome back to Idiom Corner, where we look at confusing figures of speech. Today, we have a particularly baffling one: ‘The exception that proves the rule.’ There are at least three ways this phr...

22 April 2016 | 0 comments



The Active and Passive Voice (And When to Use Them)

There’s no need to feel embarrassed if you’re confused by the active and passive voice. Even the authors of The Elements of Style managed to get it wrong in their widely-read guide. But knowing ho...

6 July 2016 | 0 comments



Idiom Corner: Free Rein or Free Reign?

Welcome to Idiom Corner! This is where we look at some commonly confused figures of speech from English, beginning with ‘free rein’ and ‘free reign’. Although both formulations are quite commo...

28 April 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Premier vs. Premiere

‘Premier’ and ‘premiere’ are words commonly associated with luxury and red-carpet ceremonies, but how many of us know the difference between them? They’re certainly terms we see misused on o...

4 August 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: It’s vs. Its

Mistakes which are simply a matter of misplaced punctuation tend to be common. Confusions of ‘it’s’ and ‘its’, for instance, are so common that you probably don’t even notice them most of ...

28 April 2016 | 0 comments



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