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John the copywriter’s proofreading recipe

 nauseated: not feeling well

nauseous: disgust

As per Merriam Webster: nauseous = causing nausea or disgust.

Nauseated means “experiencing nausea,” whereas nauseous means “causing nausea”—in other words, offensive or loathsome. If you feel a queasy sensation in your stomach, you are nauseated; only if you cause other people to be ill are you nauseous.

set vs. sit:

In general, set refers to an object (“Set the materials down on the table”) and sit does not (“She sat for an hour, waiting for the bus”).


that vs. which

–“Which” is frequently used to introduce a nonrestrictive clause, a phrase that isn’t necessary or supplies additional information and is usually set off by commas.

For example: The burned CD, which she received from a friend, was of a lesser quality than the original from a music store.

–“That” is used for introducing restrictive clauses that refer to things, phrases that ARE essential to the meaning of the rest of the sentence.

For example: The CD that consists of all of the band’s top-ten singles is her favorite.


that vs. who/whom

In most cases, “who/whom” is the standard form when referring to human beings, especially in regards to an individual person. “That” is used when referring to a class, species, or type. “Which” should never be used in reference to humans.

A correct example with “who”: She goes to the hairstylist who is the best.

A correct example with “that”: He is the type of hairstylist that should charge more because he is the best.


their: possessive form of they

there: in or at that place

they’re: contraction for they are


whose: possessive form of which, who

who’s: contraction for who is


your: possessive form of you; belonging to you

you’re: contraction for you are