English as a Second Language

Improve Your Writing Skills: Great Writing Is in the Details

If you've been told time and time again that you express great ideas in your essay writing but your writing needs polishing, you aren't alone. The following tips will help improve your writing skills and turn you into a great writer. Continued...


Homophones: Do You Mean There, Their, or They're?

If you find yourself making common ESL mistakes, it's OK. English is one of the hardest languages to learn. Being such a blend of original language sources has led to a kaleidoscope of peculiar spellings for English words and the creation of several hundred homophones. Continued...


Not Sure When You Should Use Capitalization?

Capitalization in English entails quite a bit more than simply knowing to begin names and titles with capital letters. Our editors will guide you through the quagmire that is capitalization. Continued...


Quotation Marks: When to Use Double or Single Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are often confusing to ESL writers unfamiliar with English grammar and punctuation rules. When to use double or single quotation marks is even trickier. However, there's no need to be embarrassed—these upside down commas sometimes confuse even the most seasoned English writers! Continued...


Editing versus Proofreading

It's common for many people, including business professionals and first-time Scribendi.com clients, to be a bit unclear about the differences between editing and proofreading. Continued...


Are You Confused by Hyphenation?

Are hyphens causing havoc in your humanities papers? Have dashes destroyed your dissertation? Don't let punctuation puzzle you any longer; We are here to help. Continued...


10 Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor

Good writing comes from good editing. A professional editor does more than correct mistakes; they can help you turn lead into gold! The following are 10 reasons to hire a professional editor. Continued...


Editing Tips—Active and Passive Voice

Are you unsure whether to use the active of passive voice? Our editors explain why using the active voice will make your academic papers stronger. Continued...


Editing Tips—Making Comparisons

This is the second in a series of articles addressing several common grammatical issues. This article explains phantom or one-sided comparisons, which might be the most prevalent issue of all, particularly in academic papers. Continued...


Editing Tips—The Wandering Only

In this article, we discuss what we call the wandering or misplaced "only," which, although common and usually understood in everyday casual speech, is often confusing and has no place in formal or academic writing. Continued...




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