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Proofreading

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Kevin Brewton

on 10 December 2013

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Transcript of Proofreading

Proofreading
Finding Uncommon Errors
Finding Common Errors
Suggestions for Proofreading in Life's Daily Works
Double Check
When you write something and read it many times over, you may not be paying enough attention to catch the errors you make when editing. If you go back to reword something, pay attention and ensure you make no typos! It is necessary to double check your writing and then look it over again to make sure you made no errors the second time around.
Take a Break
You should always allow yourself enough time to finish writing, then go back and re-read your paper. If you don't break in between you may find yourself glancing right over dozens of errors.
Smell the Roses!
Take your time when writing, the vast majority of errors occur when you speed through an assignment and don't take the time to proofread! Writing slower and double checking often will allow you to catch errors you would otherwise miss.
Spelling
Do not rely on spell check! Often times spell check will not make the right corrections and you'll end up looking like you made careless mistakes. Always look up words that you are unsure about.

The same goes for auto-correct; check your message before you send something! You may find you wrote 'get' instead of 'hey' and the meaning of your message will get lost in translation.
Fragment Sentences
Comma Splices
Comma splices are commas that split two independent clauses without the use of a contraction, these grammar errors are one of the most prevalent errors in English writing.
Run-On Sentences
Run on sentences are sentences that do not have correct punctuation and contain more than two independent clauses these sentences can grow to monstrous lengths and often cannot be read out loud without taking a breath the solution to these blights on the English language is to break the sentence up into separate sentences on top of using contractions and/or inserting semicolons.
Examine Your Paragraphs
Be sure that each paragraph has enough content to hold its own. You don't want to have too many little paragraphs, but try not to make one gigantic monstrosity either! Be sure to reference your topic sentence throughout the paragraph and tie it all together.
Track Frequent Errors
Make sure that you know what your strengths and weaknesses are in your writing. You should talk to a teacher or get extra help in the areas that you know you have trouble with.
And then triple-check your double checking.
Make sure that each sentence has a subject
and a verb. Remember, a dependent clause cannot stand on its own.


Example:

Miley Cyrus a wrecking ball.
Fixed:

Miley Cyrus
probably isn't
a wrecking ball.
Example:
Original:
Tris ascended the big wheel.
'Fixed':
Tris
cilmbed

the Ferris wheel.
Example:
Above

Fixed:
Comma splices are commas that split two independent clauses without the use of a contraction; these grammar errors are one of the most prevalent errors in English writing.
Brush Up on Your Grammar Skills!
Take the time to refresh yourself on the laws of your language every once in a while! Make sure you know where commas, apostrophes, semicolons, colons, and all other punctuation marks do and do
not
go. Remember how to correctly construct a sentence and be confident on your Englishing skills!
Don't Be Shy!
Read your paper aloud! Any time the text sounds awkward or you have to stop and reread to figure out what it's saying, make changes. If it is awkward for you, you can bet it will be torturous for others!
My mom is insane!
I like Tris
Suggestions
Haley, Jana, Kevin, and Ruth
Run on sentences are sentences that do not have correct punctuation and contain more than two independent clauses
.

T
hese sentences can grow to monstrous lengths
,
and often cannot be read out loud without taking a breath
!

T
he solution to these blights on the English language is to break the sentence up into separate sentences
,
on top of using contractions and/or inserting semicolons.
Correcting Run-Ons
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