Proofreading and Editing Symbols

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  • Proofreading and Editing SymbolsAllison Mackley2004

  • Proofreading and Editing SymbolsStandard symbols make it easier to show where changes are needed in a piece of writing. When proofreading your own or a classmates work, use the standard proofreading symbols that follow.

  • Hints for Successful ProofreadingCultivate a healthy sense of doubt. If there are types of errors you know you tend to make, double check for those.Read very slowly. If possible, read out loud.Read what is actually on the page, not what you think is there.Proofread more than once. If possible, work with someone else.

  • InsertThis symbol is used to insert letters or words.

    Practice using this symbol:I proofred.

  • aInsert Correction

    I proofred.

  • Insert SpaceThis symbol is used to insert a space between words or letters.

    Practice using this symbol:Iproofread.

  • Insert Space Correction

    Iproofread.

  • Insert Line SpaceThis symbol is used to insert an extra line space between typed or written lines.

    Practice using this symbol:I proofread all of my writing, so I get good grades.

  • I proofread all of my writing, so I get good grades.

    Insert Line Space Correction

  • DeleteThis symbol is used to delete letters or words.

    Practice using this symbol:I pproofread.

  • Delete Correction

    I pproofread.

  • Delete Line SpaceThis symbol is used to delete unnecessary line spaces between typed or written lines.

    Practice using this symbol:I proofread all of my writing, so I can get good grades.

  • Delete Line Space Correction I proofread all of my writing, so I can get good grades.

  • Close Up SpaceThis symbol is used to close up a space between letters or words.

    Practice using this symbol:I proof read.

  • Close Up Space Correction

    I proof read.

  • Delete and Close Up SpaceThis symbol is used to delete letters or words and close up the space.

    Practice using this symbol:I prooofread.

  • Delete and Close Up Space Correction

    I prooofread.

  • Begin New ParagraphThis symbol is used to begin a new paragraph and show the need for indentation.

    Practice using this symbol:I proofread. My English teacher is the best.

  • Begin New Paragraph Correction

    I proofread. My English teacher is the best.

  • Spelling ErrorThis symbol is used to show a spelling error.

    Practice using this symbol:I prufreed.

  • Spelling Error Correction

    I prufreed.

  • Wrong WordThis symbol is used to show that the writer has used a wrong word.

    Practice using this symbol:Me proofread.I proofread there paper.

  • Wrong Word Correction

    Me proofread.

    I proofread there paper.

  • LowercaseThis symbol is used to show that an uppercase letter should be made lowercase.

    Practice using this symbol:I Proofread.

  • Lowercase Correction

    I Proofread.

  • CapitalizeThis symbol is used to show that a lowercase letter should be made uppercase.

    Practice using this symbol:i proofread.

  • Capitalization Correction

    i proofread.

  • Transpose Letters and WordsThis symbol is used to show that the order of letters or words should be switched or transposed.

    Practice using this symbol:I proofraed.I proofread work her.

  • Transpose Letters and Words Correction

    I proofraed.

    I proofread work her.

  • Insert End PunctuationThese symbols are used for inserting a period, question mark, and exclamation point.

    Practice using one of these symbols:Do you know how to proofread

  • Insert End Punctuation Correction

    Do you know how to proofread

  • Punctuation Within a SentenceThese symbols are used for inserting a comma, colon, semicolon, and hyphen.

    Practice using one of these symbols:I will proofread and she will help.

  • Punctuation Within a Sentence Correction

    I will proofread and she will help.

  • Punctuation Within a SentenceThese symbols are used for inserting an apostrophe, single quotation marks, and double quotation marks.

    Practice using one of these symbols:I proofread Ms. Sekols paper.

  • I proofread Ms. Sekols paper.

    Punctuation Within a Sentence Correction

  • Always Remember to Proofread

    The beautiful part of writing is that you dont have to get it right the first time, unlike, say, a brain surgeon.

    Proofread, Proofread, and Proofread Again