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I have just finished writing my thesis and would like to learn more about proof reading techniques. Is there any book that is recommended to begin proof-reading? I would like to learn it a systematic way, thanks.

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marked as duplicate by Neil Fein Dec 2 '13 at 3:19

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We have several questions about proofreading on the site already that might help you. In particular, How to minimize language mistakes while writing seems to cover the same ground, despite not asking for book recommendations. I'm going to put this on hold as a duplicate, but if there's something about your question that's not already answered, please let us know and we can edit this and reopen the question. – Neil Fein Dec 2 '13 at 3:19

I'm reminded of the method banks use to train tellers to recognize counterfeits. They only handle real money. Lots of real money. The way I learned to proofread, was to diagram sentences, while reading my high-school grammar text, and reading Larry Niven, and other detail obsessed authors. So when my classmates work crossed my pencil, I asked 'Is this what a pro would do? why not?'

Learn grammar systemically, proofreading is just paying attention to details, and practice.

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Point taken. That leads me into another bigger problem. Is there any solid book that I should start for learning good grammar? – cherhan Dec 2 '13 at 5:08
The textbook we used was "Handbook of grammar and Composition". I can't remember who published it, my copy is in storage. – hildred Dec 2 '13 at 5:18

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