Your Guide to Proofreading Like a Pro

You know proofreading is important, but what exactly is it? Proofreading means checking over a piece of writing very carefully and correcting typos, grammatical mistakes, and other writing issues.

For students, proofreading can mean the difference between passing and failing an assignment. For professionals, proofreading and editing skills can ensure they seem knowledgeable and competent. For anyone, the proofreading step is what gives writing that extra polish.

Grammarly's learning resources help you learn to proofread anywhere, while our writing suggestions and expert writing service catch mistakes you might have missed.
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Everything You Need to Know about Proofreading

Proofreading is often the very last step before turning in your writing. This means it’s important to catch mistakes in more than just grammar and check your text for things like misspellings, improper punctuation use, and formatting inconsistencies, especially when proofreading online.

Build your skills in proofreading anywhere by brushing up on grammar, punctuation, English usage, and more through these resources.
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What Is Proofreading?

Proofreading is part of the editing process, but there’s much more to this important review than meets the eye. Brush up on handy tips with our comprehensive proofreading guide.
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Punctuation Rules

Commas, apostrophes, quotation marks. . . . Part of proofreading is double-checking all your punctuation. Brush up with our punctuation tips.
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Semicolon vs. Colon vs. Dash

Semicolons, colons, and dashes all signify a break in a sentence. But how do you know which one to use? Check out our overview.
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Capitalization Rules

Capitalization rules aren’t as straightforward as they may seem. Get the scoop on when and why certain words need to be capitalized in our handy explainer.
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Abbreviations

Abbreviations are shortened forms of words or phrases. They come in many varieties, from acronyms and initialisms to contractions. Take a look at an overview and abbreviation examples to learn the most common types.
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First, Second, and Third Person

Every story, message, report, or any other kind of writing is told from a certain point of view. Review the three types and how to use them in your writing.
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Commonly Confused Words

There or their? Affect or effect? Lose or loose? Words that sound alike can be tricky to use in writing. Make sure you keep these commonly confused words straight.
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Self-Editing Tips

Editing your own work can be a challenge because your brain tends to see what you meant, not what you actually wrote. Find out how to see your work with fresh eyes.

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