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I have been a professional writer and editor for more than 30 years, taught speech and English composition at the university level, and have developed speech and English composition courses and seminars for businesses. I am experienced in editing a wide variety of materials, especially business, scientific, and other academic papers. I am familiar with all the major style guides.

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I have edited any number of graduate papers and other technical materials in such advanced fields as clinical psychology, civil and electrical engineering, and semiconductor fabrication. I have extensive experience in working with non-native English speakers.

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John01/08/17101010Thanks, Dan.
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2016-08-05 school...:

Hi Hame,    The use of articles in English is one of the more ambiguous features of the language, and, truthfully, there are times when I have trouble making up my mind about whether to use an article

2016-07-25 correct please:

There is a small difference in the meanings of the two words, but it is small enough that I did not feel the sentence to be incorrect. I didn't even really notice "historical" in the sentence. I suppose

2016-07-25 correct please:

1. OK    2. OK    3. Last summer we went to London using round trip tickets there and back.    4. OK    5. OK    Note that 3 is not incorrect in terms of grammar, it's just not a very graceful construction

2016-02-01 Square Brackets:

Hi Peter,    I don't know what the standalone brackets [] might mean in a sentence, but when they have content such brackets function more or less the same as parentheses. In the example you give, I suspect

2015-09-06 Professional/Technical Writing in the Science field:

Hi Erin,    As it happens, I am an avid birder and have several friends both with and without degrees in biology (they're just really expert birders with good knowledge of plants and other wildlife) who


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