Category Archives: Word Choice
The Two Meanings of ‘However’

The word ‘however’ is quite common in academic writing. It also has two meanings, so it’s important to know how it should be used in different situations. In this blogpost, we’ll illustrate th...

17 March 2017 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Born vs. Borne

Matt Damon famously starred in the Bourne films, including The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, and the prosaically named Jason Bourne. But so far he has refused to appear ...

27 February 2017 | 0 comments



Historical Terms: BC/AD or BCE/CE?

In 1995 BC, Pharaoh Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Egypt died. In AD 1995, on the other hand, Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was released. These are quite different events, so it’s lucky that we...

27 January 2017 | 0 comments



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



Word Choice: Explicit vs. Implicit

The problem with antonyms (i.e. words with opposite meanings) is that they often look quite similar. Take ‘explicit’ and ‘implicit’, for example: both are used for explaining how ideas are exp...

27 October 2016 | 0 comments



Word Choice: Chord vs. Cord

Since they sound identical when spoken, it’s easy to confuse the words ‘chord’ and ‘cord’. But avoiding mistakes like this is vital in academic writing, so we’ve prepared this quick guide ...

26 October 2016 | 0 comments



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