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Proofreading: How to find all mistakes (almost).

Proofreading: How to find all mistakes (almost).

This is how you check your text: Copy the lines to be checked from your word processor into the check field below (simply overwrite the sample text) and then click on "Check text".

Afterwards, possible errors are displayed in colour and if you click on the coloured words with the mouse, you will see explanations of the errors found. In most cases, the correction can simply be applied with another click.

Everything correct in your text?

Important texts must be (largely) error-free.

No one will reproach you if a mistake creeps in very rarely. Where people work, mistakes happen. And if someone does get upset, they feel sorry for the know-it-all. He is punished enough with himself.

Here: you can insert a text for review.

After checking, mistakes (or better: suspicions) are marked in colour. Click on the coloured words for explanations. The following text shows how it works:

When I have to deliver an important text, I get scared and anxious about spelling. But this tool highlights possible errors. That makes it easier for me to correct the text. Fortunately, spellings that are common in Switzerland (for example, the double s in "aussen") are not shown as errors.

But how do you get an (almost) error-free text?

That's the fine work at the end of the writing process; when you go through the text with a flea comb and weed out all the mistakes step by step. This page helps

with the "" (see above),

with tips on proofreading (see below),

and with a long list of helpful links (see below).

Watch out: This is how proofreading works.

The biggest enemy of proofreading (and of original, attractive writing) is autopilot. Your conscious mind is constantly trying to save attention. Because you hardly pay attention to and many things, you can concentrate on important things (the rope you are balancing on, your beloved's declaration of love, the four-leaf clover in the meadow).

When proofreading, you need your attention. Even when you know the text almost by heart and your subconscious thinks: "I've heard that before, I can switch off".

Therefore, many of the tips for proofreading are actually tips for increased attention.

The work begins even before you start to pore over a text. "Know thyself", Heraclitus said. He was right.

Created: Sep 14 · Admin: sam