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Proof Reading Symbols for Editing in Newspapers

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Here are a list of proofreading symbols and shortforms.
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Common Proofreading Symbols
SymbolMeaningExample
insert a comma
apostrophe or single
quotation mark
insert something
use double quotation marks
use a period here
delete
transpose elements
close up this space
a space needed here
begin new paragraph
no paragraph
Common Proofreading Abbreviations
(The abbreviation would appear in the margin,
probably with a line or arrow pointing to the offending element.) AbbreviationMeaningExample
Aba faulty abbreviationShe had earned a Phd along with her M.D. Agr
See also P/A and S/Vagreement problem:
subject/verb or
pronoun/antecedentThe piano as well as the guitar need tuning. The student lost their book.
Awkawkward expression
or constructionThe storm had the effect of causing
millions of dollars in damage.
Capfaulty capitalizationWe spent the Fall in Southern spain. CScomma spliceRaoul tried his best, this time that
wasn't good enough
DICTfaulty dictionDue to the fact that we were wondering
as to whether it would rain, we stayed home.
Dgldangling constructionWorking harder than ever, this job proved to be too much for him to handle.
- edproblem with
final -edLast summer he walk all the way to Birmingham.
FragfragmentDepending on the amount of snow we get this
winter and whether the towns buy new trucks.
| |problem in parallel formMy income is bigger than my wife. P/Apronoun/antecedent
agreementA student in accounting would be wise to see
their advisor this month.
Pronproblem with pronounMy 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.
Repunnecessary repetitionThe car was blue in color.
R-Orun-on sentenceRaoul tried his best this time
that wasn't good enough.
Spspelling errorThis sentence is flaude with two mispellings. - sproblem with final -sHe wonder what...