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Today, I want to share with you some of my 'search & replace' items. These are things writers tend to have issues with consistently.
—should simply be 'off' – not 'off of'
—a lot is always two words
—should also be two words – all right
—this should be 'try to'
*would of, could of, should of
—No. Just no. It should be 'would have' or 'would've'
—toward, afterward, backward, upward, forward should NOT have an 's' on the end... UNLESS you are writing in UK, British, or Australian English. In US English, drop the 's'... always.
—should NOT have an 's' on the end, unless it is in dialogue and it is used as a style of the way the character speaks.
Other words a writer should ALWAYS do a search for are words such as your/you're, there/their/they're, to/too, and even the word THAT.
With the word THAT, you need to look for overuse of the word and also for the use of 'that' where the word 'who' should be used.
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