Common Proofreading Symbols
Symbol Meaning Example
insert a comma
apostrophe or single
use double quotation marks
use a period here
close up this space
a space needed here
begin new paragraph
Common Proofreading Abbreviations
(The abbreviation would appear in the margin,
probably with a line or arrow pointing to the offending element.)
Abbreviation Meaning Example
Ab a faulty abbreviation She had earned a Phd along with her M.D.
See also P/A and S/V agreement problem:
pronoun/antecedent The piano as well as the guitar need tuning.
The student lost their book.
Awk awkward expression
or construction The storm had the effect of causing
millions of dollars in damage.
Cap faulty capitalization We spent the Fall in Southern spain.
CS comma splice Raoul tried his best, this time that
wasn't good enough
DICT faulty diction Due to the fact that we were wondering
as to whether it would rain, we stayed home.
Dgl dangling construction Working harder than ever, this job
proved to be too much for him to handle.
- ed problem with
final -ed Last summer he walk all the way to Birmingham.
Frag fragment Depending on the amount of snow we get this
winter and whether the towns buy new trucks.
| | problem in parallel form My income is bigger than my wife.
agreement A student in accounting would be wise to see
their advisor this month.
Pron problem with pronoun My aunt and my mother have wrecked her car
The committee has lost their chance to change things.
You'll have to do this on one's own time.
Rep unnecessary repetition The car was blue in color.
R-O run-on sentence Raoul tried his best this time
that wasn't good enough.
Sp spelling error This sentence is flaude with two mispellings.
- s problem with final -s He... [continues]
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