Proofreading articles

We’ve written a series of proofreading articles over the years. These relate to proofreading in general or to specific aspects of grammar. We hope you find them useful. We’re happy for you to publish these articles on your own website as long as you include a link to Full Proof.

The Internet has changed lives, and it’s changing language too

The past ten years have seen enormous advances in communication. In mobile phone communication we have moved from basic text messages in 2001 to sophisticated apps in 2012 and on to possible neutrino-based communication in the future. In terms of the Internet, we have moved from simple browsing capabilities to online shopping, gaming and the Read

Grammar – what’s all the fuss about?

We all know what the word ‘grammar’ means, or at least we think we do. For most people, mentioning the word ‘grammar’ brings back memories of school English lessons and the constant drumming of rules. The Collins English Dictionary (Ninth Edition) 2007 defines ‘grammar’, in part, as ‘The branch of linguistics that deals with syntax Read

Just doing my job: the helpful hyphen

You’ll have seen Grammar Man here at Full Proof. Grammar Man is our linguistic superhero, saving the world from grammatical blunders. Well, we’d also like to introduce you to Mr Helpful – the hyphen. He and the rest of his punctuation teammates (comma, full stop, colon, semicolon, apostrophe, quotation mark, bracket, dash, ellipsis, slash, exclamation Read

RIP the paper dictionary

Here at Full Proof, dictionaries and grammar reference books are in constant use by the proofreading team. Whether it’s a subject-specific technical term or just a word that’s not in regular use, our proofreaders are trained to find the correct words and their usage. Our dictionaries and reference books are the tools of our trade; Read

Gender and vocabulary – walking the tightrope of political correctness

In professional writing it is very important that the reader understands the message we are trying to convey. Just as we don’t want the reader to be distracted by poor grammar or spelling, we equally don’t want them to be offended or distracted by our choice of vocabulary. This is particularly important when using non-gender-specific Read

Is it a dash? Is it a hyphen? No, it’s super-confusing!

They may all look like simple horizontal bars, but the dash and the hyphen have different jobs to do in the world of punctuation. Our article entitled Just doing my job: the helpful hyphen deals with the very helpful job of the hyphen: to eliminate, wherever possible, confusion or ambiguity by linking words which are Read

It’s just a number

Numbers can be tricky – do you write them as figures (1,2,3, etc.) or do you write them as words (one, two, three, etc.)? How do you hyphenate compound words containing numbers? How do you deal with a mixture of figures and words? Dealing with numbers is important for clarity and readability in all forms Read