Few people can even reduce the error rate to zero with a determined and persistent correction effort. But you can still do a great deal yourself to reduce the number of errors in your task. It is not at all unlikely that you can spot and correct 5-10 errors per day. page.
Here are 5 tips for proofreading:
- Set aside lots of time
- Enlarge the words
- Read Out Loud
- Spell check
- Attention to classic errors.
Tip 1 Set aside lots of time
It is normal to concentrate all your energy on the work of lifting the professional quality of the assignment … and first consider the language for 5 minutes in handing. It is an unfortunate disposition, for the student’s spelling and wording skills are always included in the assessment.
Therefore, the review must take time.
You must? expect that a thorough proofreading of a task of, say, 30 pages takes a few days. The scope, of course, depends on the linguistic level of your assignment, yet: ALLOW GOOD TIME TO CORRECTION. It pays off.
Tip 2 Enlarge the words
It’s so simple that you don’t think about it. But the chance of spotting an error in its own task is twice as large with double font size. Therefore, it is a good idea to mark the entire assignment and set the font size from eg 12 to 18 before reading proofreading.
With a small font size, the spelling errors are hard to spot.
With a large font size, the spelling mistakes are easy to spot.
We all make mistakes and it is extremely easy to read them when working on your task. Precise typos are one of the types of errors that the enlarged font size method works best for.
It’s about forcing oneself to focus on the language rather than the content. With a large font size, the language points to itself.
Tip 3 Read aloud
It’s easy to stare blindly at one’s own task, which one knows by nature better than one’s own pants pocket. You get to read ‘over’ errors because you know what it says … or know what you think it says.
EVERYONE makes mistakes, even the most accomplished writers can’t avoid typos, sloppy errors, little commas and a few spelling mistakes.
Therefore, it is a good idea to read the assignment aloud to yourself – very slowly and preferably over-articulated, ie with clear pronunciation. It forces the reading pace down, which means that you become more focused on the individual word and thus better at spotting a possible error in the word.
Another really good reason for reading the assignment aloud to yourself is that most people are better at articulating fluently in speech than in writing. It is not unusual to formulate much more hassle and obscurity in writing than in speech.
So there are many good reasons to read the assignment aloud for themselves. You definitely want to ‘hear’ phrases that sound wrong and those that are decidedly bad language.
Tip 4 Spell Check
The gods must know that spelling in Word is not the way to a linguistic kingdom of heaven. But spell check is better than its reputation. Use it, but use it critically.
Spell check always points to linguistic matters that are worth looking into. It will spot many of the typos and the control will respond to words it thinks are inflected incorrectly.
The spell checker will surely find a handful of real errors that you will be able to correct right away.
The spellchecker works in a way that it compares all the words it ‘sees’ with the dictionary it draws on. If the spell checker sees a word in a task that it has in stock in its own dictionary, it assumes that the word is spelled correctly.
However, that method has a downside. In the phrase Organization Implement a Change of Great Worth, there are 2 engraving misspellings, complete and worthy. Implement is bent incorrectly. It is a mistake in present-day. Worthy is a so-called hyper-correction. The correct word in the context is value. However, both errors manage the spell checker because it can recognize both words from its dictionary.
So no, spell checking is not the answer to all our peasants. If so, it would mark the word farmers as a mistake. It does not, even if the correct spelling here is beans.
Use the spell checker but use it critically.
Modern spelling checks also include a grammar check. It should also be enabled, because in a long task, the grammar check will surely spot some errors that you yourself have overlooked. The grammar check will, for example, respond to commas in front of verbs inflected in infinitive, ie to eat, to formulate or to examine. There is no comma here.
The grammar check will also respond to double spacing between words, selected word errors and lowercase letters – just to name a small selection of control options.
Tip 5 Attention to the classic errors
The number of linguistic error types in study tasks is large and varied. But there are three errors in particular that seem like a red cloth on the face of the censor. If you manage them, you can significantly reduce the total number of errors and make the censor much happier.
Error type 1. Compositions
Words such as heart transplant, authority requirements and analysis object are all composed of two words, but must ALWAYS be written in one. The rule is that …
… if the word can be inflected, it must be written in one word.
You can bend the word heart transplant: A heart transplant, the heart transplant, several heart transplants, all heart transplants. Therefore, it is written in one word.
So far so good.
But be aware that some compositions also work separately. A word like old man’s diabetes refers to a specific disease, namely diabetes 2. But if you write old man’s diabetes, it is not a specific version of diabetes, but about the diabetes of a specific person.
Both old man’s diabetes and old man’s diabetes make sense. Here, the rule is that compositions where the pressure lies on the first word are written in one: Old man’s diabetes. In the phrase old man’s diabetes, the pressure is not on the first word, but on the last, here diabetes. Therefore, it is not written in one word.
Read more about compositions here.
Error type 2. Verber’s inflection
Verbs, that is to say the verbs in the present tense, always end with the letter -r: The protagonist contemplates, the market targets, the population dies and so on.
The problem arises when the ending -r is hard to hear: Shares respond to bad news, party change policy, scientists around the world discuss climate change, and so on.
If you have problems with modern-day, you are not alone. It is a very typical error type. You omit the -r when it cannot be heard. But just as typical of the error, it is just as easy to correct.
The rule is that all regular verbs in the present tense end in -r.
Therefore, when reading proofs, pay special attention to the statements. All the verbs in your assignment that you can put an ‘I’ in front of must end with the letter -r: I respond, I change, I discuss.
If you still have doubts, you can replace the verb with another where the ending is clearly audible. Do I respond or do I respond? If you replace the word respond with running, you are no longer in doubt. Everyone can hear that I run is wrong. Therefore, it is also wrong to write I respond.
Verbs in the present tense always end at -r.
Error Type 3. Punctuation
Many comma errors pull down, but as a censor you have learned how to deal with a certain number of comma errors on each page. However, we often see 20-30 comma errors on each page, and after all, there are too many. Therefore, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself thoroughly with how to put commas. We have written a user-friendly guide to the English comma rules. The wizard gives you 8 comma hacks that will significantly reduce the number of comma errors.
But as I said, a certain number of comma errors is acceptable. But it is hard to live with period errors. Significantly, the sentence is an important sign that divides the text into meaningful whole. Therefore, punctuation errors can interfere with meaning and make language harder to understand.
It calls for a problem solution. You get better control of the punctuation by following this simple rule.
You must put a sentence between two sentences if you can connect the two sentences with the hyphen and or hyphen but.
Let’s look at an example: “The total number of students in education is falling slightly. It is negatively affecting the education economy. Fortunately, there are factors that are moving in the other direction.”
The text here consists of three sentences, separated by two periods. The dots MUST be there because you can replace them with the hyphens and and but: “The total number of students in the education is slightly declining and it is negatively affecting the education economy, but fortunately there are factors that pull in the other direction.”
It is worth noting that the three sentences here are separated by commas. Therefore, if there is one and or one but one, then no punctuation, but comma.
The rule can also be used in cases where you are unsure whether two sentences should be separated by a comma or a period. That could be the phrase here: One has to be skeptical of statistics used to justify savings. The sentence consists of a main sentence and a sentence, separated by a comma. You cannot replace the comma with a and or a but, so no punctuation is required.
No rule without exceptions. This also applies here.
But if you have dot problems, and if you follow the rule, you will be able to reduce the number of dot errors in your task.