- 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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