Category Archives: Spelling
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: Whales, Wails or Wales?

One is a country with an apparent vowel shortage, one is a large aquatic mammal, and the other is a cry of despair. But do you know the difference between ‘whales’, ‘wails’ and ‘Wales’? Th...

26 September 2016 | 1 comments



Spelling Tips: The Doubling Up Rule

It’s hard not to wonder whether some English words aren’t made to be deliberately confusing, especially when you compare how they’re written with how they’re pronounced. We’re looking at you...

7 October 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



Colour or Color? British and American Spelling

George Bernard Shaw once remarked that ‘England and America are two countries separated by a common language’. However, as well as ignoring the Atlantic Ocean, Shaw’s proclamation overlooks the ...

11 March 2016 | 0 comments



5 Common Spelling Errors

Do you find yourself making the same spelling errors again and again? Spelling and grammar mistakes can cost you up to 10% of your overall mark on an academic essay, so it’s important to proofread y...

16 April 2016 | 0 comments



Spelling Tips: When to Change ‘Y’ to ‘I’

The spelling of words can be tricky when adding a suffix. For instance, there are some occasions when you need to change the final ‘-y’ to an ‘-i-‘ when modifying a word. We&...

2 August 2016 | 0 comments



Quoting US Spellings

When writing an academic document, it’s vital to use the correct vocabulary and spellings for your region. Most English-language universities and journals therefore specify whether to use Britis...

14 April 2016 | 0 comments



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