Proofreading and editing are closely linked, but where editing has a macro effect, proofreading has a micro effect. Proofreading is mostly about spelling mistakes, technical mistakes and grammar mistakes. The aim is to fix these mistakes to make the work more technically correct. This is important in the real world because technically incorrect text may be difficult to understand. It is especially important in the academic world because students are still judged and rated based on their technical proficiency with regards to the English language.
Fixing Spelling Mistakes
Most of the work we receive is from college students, so spelling mistakes such as "their" and "there" confusions are less common. Still, there are plenty of words that a spellchecker will not pick up because they may be spelled correctly. For example, do you know the difference between principle and principal, and ergo, do you know which you should use in your sentence? Our team corrects spelling mistakes, especially those that your spelling and grammar checker cannot highlight.
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Fixing Technical Mistakes
There are literally thousands of technical mistakes that students make, from missing periods off sentences, to typos that spelling and grammar checkers do not highlight. Our writers go over every line and every paragraph to check for technical mistakes. They are not editing, which means they are not checking for content mistakes, but they are checking for written-English mistakes.
Fixing Grammatical Mistakes
Many students commit some degree of grammatical mistake when they write their essays. Some make simple mistakes such as replacing "I" with "Me." Other's make deeper mistakes. For example, a large compound sentence may be permissible in some circumstances, but there are students that produce many of them in one piece of text, which makes it unfocused and difficult to follow.
Dissertations Are Most Frequently Proofread
Proofreading a small amount of written content is difficult, but when it comes to a dissertation, difficult becomes near impossible. Part of the problem is that proofreading takes a higher level of concentration. This may be okay for a small piece of text, but a dissertation is usually around 12,000 words. It takes a lot of time and eye-watering amounts of attention to complete a full proofread. That is why so many students trust us with their proofreading chores.
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