Writing Mistakes:

Three tricky decisions on when to capitalise

Posted on May 5, 2021

I often think it would be easier if English followed the same rule as German and started all nouns with (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Are we too reliant on bullet points?

Posted on March 24, 2021

When writing an article that contains a lot of information the reader needs to digest, it can be tempting to condense this into bullet-pointed lists, but does this help, or is it just a lazy way of (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Which word are editors VERY fed up with?

Posted on February 9, 2021

When editing, I’m always hesitant to ask a writer to stop using a word. Doing that can seem like asking someone to stunt their vocabulary. Having said that, there are certain words that I find myself changing or deleting 90% of the time, and one of the biggest culprits is (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Should a sentence always start with a capital letter?

Posted on January 5, 2021

From as soon as we start writing, we are told that the first letter of a sentence should always be capitalised, but just occasionally, is it OK to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Three of the most common Christmas spelling mistakes

Posted on December 29, 2020

December 25th may have been and gone, but it remains the season to be jolly. Since I’m an editor, the best way to make me jolly is to avoid some of the seasonal slipups and yuletide bloopers I’ve seen all too often over the years! Here are three (more…)

Posted by John Murray

How to revert to classic spellcheck on Word

Posted on December 11, 2020

On Tuesday morning this week, the Engage Web team recoiled in horror at a change made to one of Microsoft Word’s longstanding functions. Particularly annoying for the Editing Team, it threatened to change a straightforward process into a (more…)

Posted by John Murray

How to change a news story’s angle to suit your audience

Posted on December 3, 2020

Something we have plenty of experience in here at Engage Web is finding relevant news stories for our clients’ industries. The process usually starts by visiting sources we know to be reliable and searching Google News for (more…)

Posted by John Murray

What is a sentence fragment?

Posted on November 16, 2020

Something we come across occasionally while editing copy at Engage Web is a sentence that begins with a capital letter and ends with a full stop, but it doesn’t quite function as a sentence. Usually, this is because it’s what we refer to as a (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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