Proofreading

Proofreading and correcting mistakes

Introduction

This is a story about Professor John Hammond.

Now let's see what Professor Hammond had to say when he met Kelin years later.

Try and spot as many errors as you can in the text below. To mark an error, just click on the word.

Let's have a look at the answers.

Were you able to spot all of them?

Tips and Techniques to proofread better

Proofreading Tips And Techniques

Commonly confused words.

English has a lot of commonly confused words. They either look alike, sound alike or, worst of all, look and sound alike but have completely different meanings. Other words look and sound different but are similar in meaning, and it’s hard to determine which is the correct one in a given context.

Match the words with their meanings.
  • accept
    to agree, to receive or do
  • except
    not including
  • all together
    all in one place, all at once
  • altogether
    completely; on the whole
  • complement
    to add to so as to improve; an addition that improves something
  • compliment
    to praise or express approval; an admiring remark
  • envelop
    to cover or surround
  • envelope
    a paper container for a letter
  • stationary
    not moving
  • stationery
    writing materials

Let's have a look at the answers...

accept: to agree, to receive or do

except: not including

 

all together: all in one place, all at once

altogether: completely; on the whole

 

complement: to add to so as to improve; an addition that improves something

compliment: to praise or express approval; an admiring remark

 

envelop: to cover or surround 

envelope: a paper container for a letter

 

stationary: not moving

stationery: writing materials

Commonly confused words.

  • Should I  this gift?
  • I rode the  bike at the gym for an hour.
  • When Susan travels, she packs everything  the kitchen sink.
  • Please lend me an  , I need to post a letter.
  • This black dress has won me many  .

 

Recap

Select the correct option.

  • Don’t rely entirely on spelling checkers to proofread your text.
  • Circle very punctuation mark.
  • Ignorance may be bless, but it wont make you a better proofreader.
  • The proofreading process becomes more efficient as you develop and practice a systematic strategy.
  • proofread for only once kind of error at a time.
If the sentence contains a Proofreading error then select 'False'. If the sentence is correct as it is then select 'True'.

Using the proofreading techniques, mark the errors in the text.

Click on the errors you may find in the test.

Let's have a look at the answers.

The hole department meets every Thursday afternoon for two hours. The is twelve people in our department. All the peoples in our department (are) hard workers. Everyone comes in early and leaves late. We are all overworked. Nobody ever complaints about the amount of work. 

Assessment

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