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Proofreading FAQs

What is Proofreading?

Proofreading means checking a document for accuracy of text (spelling and grammar), and consistency of layout. Usually a proofreader acts only as a 'quality check', meaning that he/she makes sure an editor has not missed anything. However, at Precise English we offer editing and proofreading as one service, unless otherwise requested.

Visit our Proofreading section to learn more about our editing and proofreading services.

See below for frequently asked questions in relation to editing and proofreading.



What does a proofreader do?
A proofreader's role is to check that the author and editor have not made any mistakes, and to make amendments where necessary.

What does an editor (or copy editor) do?
A: An editor ensures that the author's text is correct in terms of spelling and grammar. An editor also checks that the intended message is clear and correctly targeted to its audience. Content, structure, paragraph length, consistency and style are just some of other points an editor will consider.

How do I know what I need; editing or proofreading?
A: If you're confident that you only need a 'fresh pair of eyes' to look over your document then you should request our Proofreading Service. However, if you believe your work needs a thorough check or may contain errors, please request our Editing and Proofreading Service.

Why does my work need to be edited?
A: A professional finish to your work is imperative if it is to be published. A Precise English editor/proofreader will ensure that your content is free of mistakes and inconsistencies that could distract the reader. An author who has been working on a document for a long time often finds that familiarity with the wording prevents flaws being noticed. A professional editor will improve your document.

Can I edit/proof my own work?
A: Yes, of course you can. However, a 'fresh set of eyes' will view your work objectively and more easily recognise errors. You'll find that most professionals refuse to edit or proof their own work.

How long will it take?
A: How long is a piece of string? It's not easy to answer this question before assessing your project, as there are so many variables involved. We need to consider the number of words and the level of intervention required. Visit our Proofreading section section to submit your work for a quote.

How much does it cost?
A: Similar to the answer above, it's difficult to name a price without seeing the document. Every piece of work we receive is different, requiring varied input. Visit our Proofreading section to submit your work for a quote.

Do you have any samples of your work?
A: Yes, Visit our Contact page and send us a request. We'll be happy to send you an example of recently edited/proofread work.

Does editing/proofreading constitute plagiarism for student work?
A: We do not write your essay or dissertation, we simply edit/proof your document to ensure that it's of the highest possible standard.

How do I find out more about working for Precise English as an editor or proofreader?
A: Precise English continues to expand, and we are always seeking top quality editors and proofreaders. If you graduated from a top university, please send us your details here.




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