Here are a list of proofreading symbols and shortforms. LG 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 ronoun/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 these teacher think of him. STETLet it standThe proofreader uses this Latin term to indicate that proofreading marks calling for a change should be ignored and the text as originally written should be “let stand. ” S/Vsubject/verb agreementThe problem with these cities are leadership. Tverb tense problemHe comes into the room, and he pulled his gun. WdywordySeldom have we perused a document so verbose, so ostentatious in phrasing, so burdened with too many words. WWwrong wordWhat affect did the movie have on Sheila? She tried to hard to analyze its conclusion.