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Proofreading your writing

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Summary

Proofreading your writing

​​In a nutshell

Proofreading is the act of checking a text for spelling and grammar mistakes, as well as making sure it's factually correct. It is an important stage when editing work and is usually done near the end of the writing process. In this summary, you will learn how to effectively proofread.



Spelling

One of the key tasks when proofreading is catching spelling mistakes. After proofreading, the same text is much clearer.


Example

The mowse reely liked two eat cheese when the kat could not sea him.

The mouse really liked to eat cheese when the cat could not see him.



Grammar

Another crucial task when proofreading is finding and correcting grammar mistakes. A good proofreader will catch them and correct them.


Example

Do you sea where I is going with this.

Do you see where I am going with this?


Example

Take a brake before you start proofreading you're writing.

Take a break before you start proofreading your writing.


Tip: Watch out for homophones. These are words that sound the same, but are spelt differently. They are particularly easy to confuse when proofreading.



Fact-checking

When you come across facts while proofreading, it is important to double-check that the facts are correct. Although facts can make you seem like an expert in the subject matter, you can lose credibility if they are incorrect.


Example

The highest temperature this summer was certainly very hot.

The highest temperature this summer was  - the highest on record.


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