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Introducing Document Upload

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We are super excited to announce that we have added the ability to upload Microsoft Word documents into editorr.  Starting today, you will see a shiny new upload button on the new job submission screen.

Here are some links to tutorials demonstrating how to upload a Microsoft Word document and view your editor’s suggested redline changes: 
How to upload your document
How to view edits in your document

At this time, we are only able to accept .doc and .docx formatted documents. 

We know that this will be a welcome addition to our already-robust feature list. We have included the upload feature in our terms and conditions.  Updated Terms and Conditions
Thank you for your continued support of editorr.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at support@editorr.com.

Common Mistakes

Sentence Fragments (Incomplete Sentences)

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1. A sentence must have a subject and a verb if it is to make sense.

Incorrect: John, being a friendly computer salesman and baseball fan.
(No verb)
Correct: John, being a friendly computer salesman and baseball fan, refused to argue.
(John–the subject–is doing something, namely, refusing.)

2. A subordinate clause (also sometimes called a dependent clause) is not a complete sentence if it does not have a main clause even though it may have a subject and verb.

Incorrect: Because we are baseball fans.
Correct: We watched the All-Star Game because we are baseball fans.

There is nothing wrong with beginning a sentence with the word because as long as the clause with because is followed by a main clause.

             Correct: Because we are baseball fans, we watched the All-Star Game.
3. Sometimes in conversation only sentence fragments make sense.

OK, if you are recording a conversation, otherwise incorrect: She asked, “Why did you watch that baseball game?”
“Because we are baseball fans.”

Common Mistakes

Irregular Comparatives

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Sometimes an irregular label on an item of clothing indicates that something about it is slightly different. Similarly, irregular comparatives function the same way regular comparative adjectives do, but they aren’t formed the same way.

A few of the comparatives and superlatives in English do not follow the usual pattern. Here is a list of common exceptions.

PositiveComparative   Superlative
badworseworst
badlyworseworst
far(distance)fartherfarthest
far(extent)furtherfurthest
goodbetterbest
illworseworst
latelaterlatest or last
lesslesserleast
little(amount)  lessleast
manymoremost
muchmoremost
wellbetterbest

The comparisons for well apply to both the adjective meaning “healthy” and the adverb meaning “in a good manner.”

For more on how to use some of these see the Common Mistakes section on good/well and bad/badly. Also see Common Mistakes section for the difference between further and farther and between littlest and least.

Business

When your spouse wants to leave you because of your poor writing

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I am often asked why I started editorr and how I came up with the idea. The answer is quite simple. I saw a problem that needed to be solved and I solved it. Easy, right?

It started with my co-founder, Boris. He is one of the smartest and nicest guys whom I have ever met. Boris was born in Russia, and English is not his first language. He had recently spent several years in Singapore working at a high-level tech job. He was in charge of a very large team that consisted of some of the most intelligent people in his industry. He explained to me how he realized that most of his co-workers, especially those who are first-generation Americans, couldn’t write. We are talking about senior level executives here. Sure, they had admin assistants and departments to help them with documentation and technical writing… but that just wasn’t enough. While English is the language of business, he often found it tedious at best and impossible at worst to deduce what business e-mails were saying. Many of his colleagues were aware of their own shortcomings; some believed they were passed over for promotions in favor of expatriates who were less qualified but better able to clearly express themselves in English. So there you have it, the basis.

We joked about how we both struggled with our writing and how we continually relied on our wives to fix our writing, as well as how they grew impatient with their workday being interrupted by our “writing requests”. This was our “there has to be a better way” moment. We discussed how there were so many “on demand” services that were popping up and how there should be one for writing. Once we considered further about how often we would use this service, we realized that there is a larger community that would greatly benefit from it.

Therefore, we decided to build a solution with simplicity and convenience in mind. An easy-to-use, curated service such as editorr has exponential applications and possibilities.

Don’t jeopardize your relationships with poor writing.