Proofreading Symbols


Circle errors or use proofreading symbols so you can mark problems and return to correct them later.

Circle any questions you have about rules you are unclear about, and then check with a grammar guide, a tutor, or an instructor as to whether or not you have found a legitimate error.

Draw a box around the first word of each sentence. Read the paper backwards sentence by sentence,ignoring the flow, and concentrate on each individual sentence.
Some commonly used corrections are as follows:

art

ad

cap

coord

cs

dm

-ed

frag



ref

ro

rts

-s

irreg

sp

sub

t

trans

vb

//

^

p
incorrect or missing article

misuse of adverb or adjective

capital letter

faulty coordination

comma splice

dangling modifier

error in -ed ending

sentence fragment / incomplete

new paragraph

error in pronoun reference

run-on sentence or

run-together sentence

error in -s ending

error in irregular verb

misspelled word

faulty subordination

error in verb tense

transition needed

error in verb form

faulty parallelism

insert

error in punctuation

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