Grammar Proofreading

December 27, 2017

Grammar Proofreading

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Proofreading is an important process for any form of writing. From the shortest of text messages to the longest of novels, it is important to proofread so you can identify spelling and grammatical errors that would confuse the reader if left uncorrected. Otherwise your reader may not be able to understand what it is you’re actually trying to say.

While modern technology has given us automatic spell-check tools, these programs and features sometimes come up short when trying to correct spelling mistakes, and can be even worse at fixing grammar. English is a complicated language with a great deal of nuance, making it difficult for non-native speakers and computer programs alike to identify grammatical mistakes and phrasing errors.

This is why it helps to not only proofread your own writing, but to have a human editor do the same. A writer who is well versed in all the subtle complexities of the English language can find errors that a computer would miss, and also understand when a change suggested by a spelling or grammar checker is actually incorrect or unnecessary.

By having your writings proofread, you give yourself the best possible opportunity to communicate clearly. Whether you’re writing to a friend, coworker, colleague, or client, using proper grammar will make it much easier for the person receiving your message to understand you.

Doing so can also give the reader a more positive impression of you. While a document riddled with grammatical issues will look sloppy, lazily written, or even unintelligent, one that has been proofread will make readers think that you either have a great command over the English language or were concerned enough to proofread your text. Either way, it makes you look better.

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