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Top 5 Proofreading Tips

Rumki Sen

1. Concentration is Important

If you are going to spot mistakes, then you need to
concentrate. Get rid of all kinds of distractions.

2. Trust your dictionary

A spell checker is just a tool. It doesn't know the
difference between "two" and "too," or between
"they're," "there" and "their." It can not determine
whether a particular spelling is the correct one for
the context. Consult a dictionary when in doubt.

3. Read your text backward

Another way to catch spelling errors is to read
backward, from right to left, starting with the last
word in your text. Doing this will help you focus
on individual words rather than sentences. Read
what is actually on the page, not what you think
is there.

4. Check the Punctuation

Focusing on the words is good, but do not neglect the
punctuation. Pay attention to capitalized words,
missing or extra commas, periods used incorrectly
and so on. Punctuation error is the most common
mistake people tend to make. There are various
books available on correct punctuation.

5. Ask for help

Invite someone else to proofread your text after
you have written and reviewed it. A new set of eyes
may immediately detect errors that you have
overlooked. When a proofreader examines your work
with the fresh eyes and impartial knowledge of English,
there is a sure way to guarantee the grammatical
accuracy of your work.

 


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