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Old 2nd July 2012, 02:45 PM   #21
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Well, Harry sent me the errata sheets and there's about 4 or 5 A4 sheets worth I'd corrections. Most are to do with punctuation, usage of SI symbols, it's vs. its; there were quite a few typos as well. Ill post up the errata tomorrow when I am at my computer - seems I cannot get it work on my iPad.

Let take this opportunity to thank Harry for going through the document and highlighting the problem areas.

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Old 2nd July 2012, 02:52 PM   #22
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Let take this opportunity to thank Harry for going through the document and highlighting the problem areas.
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it's vs. its
Actually that's something I was pleased to see you had got correct.

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Old 2nd July 2012, 02:56 PM   #23
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For those who want to write as they speak, the correct spelling of "should of" is actually "should've" - but this is rarely used and such people would probably put the apostrophe in the wrong place anyway!
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Aluminum/Aluminium, color/colour
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One assumes you prefer the US spellings? If you're a British-English speaker/writer but you suspect the majority of your readers will be American, should you use their spellings and words (faucet/tap sidewalk/pavement etc.)?
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One assumes you prefer the US spellings? If you're a British-English speaker/writer but you suspect the majority of your readers will be American, should you use their spellings and words (faucet/tap sidewalk/pavement etc.)?
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Using quite instead of quiet always crops up a lot.

And adding the word "like" as in "there is like 7 volts on the emitter".
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Alternative rendering of Mooly: "the emitter was so 7 volts!".
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