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Am I The Only One Who Still Recites I Before E Except After C?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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My favorite writing tips experts at DailyWritingTips.com sent the latest “tip” to my inbox and I had to literally chuckle out loud – at myself.

I was an honor roll and straight A student through grade and high school, excelling most especially in spelling and grammar – BUT – I still stop and recite that old “I before E except after C” reminder – and then have to also go through the ‘exceptions’. It got me to wondering, does anyone else still do this?

Is it any wonder that so many people seem to not “get it” when we make the rules so hard to learn and keep to? Am I alone in noticing or even caring?

Of all of the “rules” in spelling, this is, to ME, the hardest one to gloss over, but, to be perfectly honest, an error I see so often I am actually starting to gloss over myself in print books or signs, etc. and only really notice in documents, blog posts, articles and web pages.

The exceptions are listed in the article I referred to above. I copied and pasted that section out as a document for myself for those times I am in doubt. With so many things changing in the writing world, I do not feel we can ever relax now and just take for granted that the old ways are still the right ways. Ugh!

I try my best to keep up with all of the changes for my proofreading & editing assignments and for my own use.

What are your thoughts? I would love some comments!

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When Do You Use A Comma Before But?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

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This question, along with using a comma before AND are two that seem to come up the most during proofreading and editing assignments. I often lose the argument over the “oxford” comma debate so am moving on.

I, personally, use a comma when two complete thoughts or even sentences can be made from the statement, but then, I also want to hang onto the now old-school use of a semi-colon for the same purpose. Having been an Honor Roll student at best, or a straight A student at worst, it was drummed into my generation of spelling and grammar gurus that if parts of a sentence can stand alone, there MUST be a ; instead of a comma separating them. All of that has changed and I am trying to keep up with the times, even when it literally makes me scream inside. :-)

My favorite writing & editing tips ezine, Daily Writing Tips, has this to say about the comma before but dilemma:

The rule for but is the same as that for the other six coordinating conjunctions: and, for, or, nor, so, and yet.

If the conjunction precedes an independent (main) clause, use a comma: “Jack tried a new diet, but he still gained weight.”

If the but is not followed by an independent clause, no comma is needed: “Jack tried a new diet but still gained weight.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on this. I feel that we could debate this all day, but

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Your Virtual Assistant Can Maintain Your Blog & Much More!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

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One of my favorites duties as a Virtual Assistant is setting up article and blog submission sites for my clients, proofreading the posts as they send them to me and then submitting them to the various sites we work with.

I can even do research to find blog and article sites that fit in the niche
or niches that the client works in or where their expertise will be sought after by readers. On average, I can set up six sites for future submissions in about an hour and can even attend to the verification emails most sites send out with access to the client’s email account we use for that purpose.

Being able to perform proofreading and editing in a thorough, yet fast-paced manner,
I usually average 10 pages or posts/articles in an hour and then can submit to the sites
I have set up at the rate of about 10 sites per hour, if there are no complications or complicated html or formatting problems.

I can even schedule your WordPress blog posts to go out when you want them to be
seen AND hook them up to all of your social media accounts to get you the most varied promotional reach.

If this sounds like something you want to do but find you either do not have the time
to do it yourself or the desire to, think about the time and work you can save to use
on things you like to do, like marketing your business, and leave this task to a Virtual Assistant.

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Let your VA handle pesky tasks!

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Over the past 15 years, Jan Tallent has spent countless hours providing writers and webmasters with free friendly tips on how to correct spelling and grammar errors in their written material.

From the feedback received she decided that since proofreading and editing help was so desperately needed, she should build a business around something she enjoys doing, while at the same time providing a valuable service to business owners and writers.

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