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How to Use the Consistency Check

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Published May 17, 2019

How to Use The Consistency Check

The Consistency Check checks your writing for consistency of spelling, hyphenation, capitalization, and more.

Spelling inconsistencies

Maybe you are in England and you want to put a “u” into colour, labour, and neighbourhood. That’s cool with us. Or maybe you are in America and you want to organize and analyze rather than organise and analyse like they do in the UK. No problem. What’s not OK, however, is if you are trying “to organise some neighborhood labour by analyzing the house colours”. You need to decide if you are going to use US or UK spelling and then stick with it.

British or American Spelling differences

There are over 1,700 spelling differences between UK English and US English, with Canadian English sitting somewhere precariously between the two. The Consistency Check finds and highlights it when you have jumped from one continent to another within the same document.

Hyphenation inconsistencies

Inconsistent use of hyphenation can make a document appear less professional. If you use 'long-term' in one place but then use 'long term' later, it reflects badly on your writing.

Of course, it is not always a mistake to use a hyphen in one place but not in another. For instance 'long-term plan' and 'in the long term' would be correct. However these tend to be the exceptions rather than the rule.

Inconsistent use of hyphens is a very frequent error, over 60% of randomly sampled documents have some form of hyphenation inconsistency.

Capitalisation inconsistencies

Some people like to argue about whether words like 'Yoga' should be capitalised or not. We don't really care what you choose to capitalise, as long as you are consistent about it. If you capitalise 'Yoga' in your first sentence, make sure you do the same throughout the document or your writing will look amateur.

Again, there are cases where this is valid, such as March and march, as a noun meaning the month or a verb done by the army, so use your judgement when assessing potential errors.

Punctuation inconsistencies

The Consistency Check will also present you with a checklist of punctuation that is commonly used inconsistently and the number of times you have used each in your document. It will look like this:

The Consistency Check punctuation inconsistencies

If you have used 6 curly quotes and 3 straight quotes, or 5 en-dashes and 4 em-dashes, then you might want go back to your text and make it more consistent.

Use the Consistency Check to make sure that you are consistent throughout your document.

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Will this report show verb Tense consistency......I need to change the tense of my doc.
Hi there! While the softwhere won't be able to change your tenses for you, it will indicate inconsistencies in the text once you've made those changes. I hope this is helpful!
Is there any way to tell ProWritingAid I want to write in British English?
Yes, there is! If you go to the top of the web editor and click on "settings" you will see an option to change the language. The options also include American English, Canadian English and general English.
my ambition is to tell readers a good story
That's an excellent goal to have. We totally agree with you.
I found out that the Prowritingaid often recommends to change single quotes in doble ones in don't, can't, etc. WHY?
Hey there! This sounds like a glitch of some sort. Can you please send an email to our support inbox at
Quote consistency DOES NOT WORK consistently! It is VERY frustrating. Please fix it.
How do I have the program change my quote marks so they are consistent? It isn't spotting the inconsistencies and changing them. Yet I know they are there.
Hey there! Which version of our app are you using? Are you writing within MS Word, the desktop app, the web editor, or elsewhere?
Hello. The consistency report is one of your best. But, You have a glitch in your algorism. When I run the report it identified three serial and three non-serial comma's for replacement. I changed them out and ran the report again and it wanted me to put the comma's back where they began. I ran it twice more to verify. I know "Word" has their take on serial commas and it might be different, but you gotta stick with one in your formula's.
Thank you for your comment! Unfortunately, as our AI editor is trying to be super helpful, it's become stuck in a comma loop. This can happen when there are several rules being applied to a phrase. You should be able to report this to our NLP - Natural Language Processing - team by following these steps: 1. Hover over the suggestion you'd like to report. You should see the options to 'Ignore' or 'Disable Rule' 2. If you hover your mouse over the ignore option - make sure not to click on this just yet - you should see the option to 'Report Incorrect' 3. Click the orange 'Report Incorrect' button - not the green highlighted bar - and a feedback form will appear for you to complete 4. Fill in the form and press 'Send Feedback'. Our NLP team will then receive your feedback and look into this for you. If that isn't showing up or doesn't work for you, please send an email in to our support team at

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