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  • Always Think About Your Target Audience
    Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Always Think About Your Target Audience A s you edit keep in mind the target audience for your writing If you re writing about technical information to an audience that isn t technically expert you may need to add a step to eliminate or define technical jargon If you re writing to

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  • Start with Sentences
    Spelling Try a Sample Proofreading Strategies Start with Problem Areas Read from the End to the Beginning Look Just for Typos A Proofreading Checklist Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Start with Sentences A sk yourself these kinds of questions as you look carefully at sentences Do I need to change sentence punctuation Because readers find these errors so distracting writers should edit separately for sentence punctuation if they have any problem at all in using periods semicolons and commas with coordinating conjunctions correctly Do I need to combine sentences for clarity precision variation To answer this question most students go through the paper concentrating on one sentence at a time or on two adjacent sentences If they see wordy repetition they combine sentences to reduce repeated words and phrases If they see sentences repeatedly beginning with the subject they reorder sentence parts If they see a phrase that doesn t fit or make sense where it is they rearrange or rewrite Reading the paper aloud often helps writers catch those sentences that need work Do I see any wordy cliched or empty sentences I should rewrite Previous

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  • Consider Words
    Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Consider Words T hink about the words you ve chosen throughout your paper Do you need to choose more precise active words In some papers particularly those that express a personal perspective you ll want to check for words that create your personal impression In persuasive papers you may want to check for

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  • Check Grammatical Details
    the Beginning Look Just for Typos A Proofreading Checklist Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Check Grammatical Details D on t forget to look for the major kinds of problems that crop up in student writing Use these questions to help you edit for grammatical problems Do I see any errors in subject verb agreement Do I see

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  • Don't Forget Punctuation and Spelling
    Start with Sentences Consider Words Check Grammatical Details Don t Forget Punctuation and Spelling Try a Sample Proofreading Strategies Start with Problem Areas Read from the End to the Beginning Look Just for Typos A Proofreading Checklist Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Don t Forget Punctuation and Spelling T his final list of questions should help you edit for punctuation and other remaining errors that could distract your readers Have I used commas only where they belong and can I explain each one I use Have I used apostrophes to show possession for nouns Have I used apostrophes to show contractions with pronouns if that level of informality is appropriate for your paper Have I checked commonly confused words such as affect effect to make sure I have the correct one where I use it Have I used the spell checker on my word processor Have I read the paper again to check for misspelled word the checker doesn t catch Are there other errors I know I make that I need to check for Previous Continue Introduction Tweet HELP SITE INDEX ABOUT THIS SITE CONTACT Writing

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  • Try a Sample
    fragments comma splices You might also consider combining some sentences to reduce repetition and wordiness Then check subject verb agreement and pronoun reference Finally check all commas and proofread one last time for spelling Most people visualize sorority girls as snobby and very house oriented my friend Lisa is much more friendly and barely involves herself in house activities or conforms to their regulations Snobbery is an aspect of the sorority girl image they accomplish this task by interacting with a selective crowd which consist of girls from the house fraternity boys and possibly family The frat boys serve as potential dates seeing as frats and sororities exclusively party together A sorority girl would never think of picking up a man off the street On the other hand theres Lisa who is no snob as a matter of fact shes in no way judgmental of who she talks to if they are friendly to her she will be the same Its obvious that shes friendly to just about everyone because thats how she met her boyfriend by just saying hi one day Another aspect of the sorority girl stereotype is strict conformity to house rules which prohibit drinking and men in the room making the girls seem so disciplined and innocent But then there is Lisa who loves to party and theres nothing she likes more than to stay out late at a good party completely blowing off curfews Also if she wants to bring a guy home she won t hesitate to sneak him in the back way and up to her room Another way the sorority girls seem so house oriented is shown in the constant dances parties and dinners they attend All the girls goes as a house and are expected to act like she s having

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  • Proofreading Strategies
    Proofreading Strategies T he finished paper always takes effort sometimes it takes sweat and tears But never fear to make changes major changes during revision or minor changes during proofreading The best papers are those that we give our best thoughts to and those that show we can reject our less than best writing Proofreading is the very last step in preparing a final draft Just because it s the

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  • Start with Problem Areas
    t Forget Punctuation and Spelling Try a Sample Proofreading Strategies Start with Problem Areas Read from the End to the Beginning Look Just for Typos A Proofreading Checklist Final Advice Try a Sample Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Editing and Proofreading Strategies Start with Problem Areas W hen proofreading look first for those problems you know you have If you know you make errors with sentence punctuation check all sentences for completeness first For instance many proofreading errors involve using commas where semicolons are required As a separate proofreading step look at each sentence in your final drafts Check that any commas in the middle of sentences aren t separating two sentences that could otherwise stand alone If you have just a comma between what could be two sentences change that to a semicolon Then read the paper again for each problem teachers have suggested you work on You may have to look at the paper five or six times to be thorough so try splitting up your proofreading Check for sentence punctuation and one other problem in one sitting and then come back after a break to look for other problems Previous Continue Introduction Tweet

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