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Spellings & Punctuation

Check with a good dictionary.
  • Do not rely solely on the spell checker of your computer; use it only to guide you. Check each sentence manually for spelling and grammatical errors.
  • Refer to a good dictionary to check spellings and usage of words you are unsure about. A thesaurus can be useful to look for synonyms.
  • Ensure consistent spelling of proper nouns.
  • Use simple English to communicate what you have to say; e.g., indicates, not is indicative of, before, not prior to. 
  • Use commas and apostrophes where appropriate, and do so carefully. Wrong usage can change the meaning of the sentence. Engage in some fun exercises here.
  • Use minimal hyphenation, minimal capital letters.
  • Use double quotation marks when quoting references. Full-stops and commas fall within the quotation marks.
  • End questions with a question mark (?) and frame the sentence correctly. E.g., "What are the inclusive criteria for the study?"," We wanted to see how it was carried out." not "We wanted to see how was it carried out?"

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