Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog – Notes from the attic. Proofreading and editing a wide range of subjects I learn something new every day, and I often see the same queries or mistakes crop up, so I’d like to share my knowledge and tips to help you ‘make your words count’. Over the years I’ve written more than a hundred blog posts, on subjects ranging from using apostrophes to dealing with writers block. The full blog roll can be accessed on this page, or check out the series of articles about OSCOLA, the legal citation style or using Word.

Using tenses in academic writing

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Checking verb agreement is an important function in academic proofreading and I think that most native English speakers will agree that it’s something that comes naturally. You usually know instinctively when the verb used ‘sounds right’. I’ve proofread a vast … Read More

Tripped up by informal writing?

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Language – it’s a funny thing. You know what you want to say, you think that your writing expresses it exactly, but at the back of your mind there’s a niggling worry that your words may be misunderstood, or that the tone of your writing is just not in keeping with the importance of the subject or the point you are trying to put across. … Read More