First, let's define the difference between proofreading and editing your work. Editing is revising to improve abstract and opinion-rooted characteristics like clarity, flow, organization, and development. They are easy to name and hard to identify, but you know them when you see them abused in someone else's writing. Proofreading is much more straightforward: It is finding and correcting mistakes. This includes misspellings (or correctly spelled words used in the wrong place, the bane of computer spell chequers, sic), sentence fragments, punctuation, subject-verb agreement, word omissions, all those things on which teachers drilled us in school. Too often, these overzealous teachers...

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