Why do some country names include the?

editing_and_proofreading_blog_812Here is an interesting thought.

Why do some country names include ‘the’?

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Tightening your prose

editing_and_proofreading_blog_794When you write the first draft, often your main concern is getting the material out of your head & onto the page. It is hard to think about how you are writing.

Whether everything just flows out, or whether it is a struggle, that first draft needs work before it is presentable.

Here are 4 tips and 4 tools for tightening your prose.

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About being beside yourself

editing_and_proofreading_blog_836Ever wondered about the phrase beside yourself? Find out more here.

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Shorten your title to get more citations

editing_and_proofreading_blog_832If you are an academic, here is something you need to know. Research shows that papers with shorter titles get more citations.

I wonder if it is anything to do with our shortened attention span these days?

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Some language links

editing_and_proofreading_blog_824An assortment of links about language today:

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How to dictate your work

Do you fancy diediting_and_proofreading_blog_764ctating instead of typing? Then these two posts might help you:

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Mapping the history of English

Editing_and_proofreading_blog_651This interactive map shows how English has developed by borrowing or adapting words from different languages and regions of the world. It covers the period from 1150 to the present day.

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