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I find that most of my mistakes occur at or across line breaks. After your first proof-reading pass, change the margin slightly on your window - perhaps just by half an inch. This will cause all the text to wrap at a different point and previously hidden errors will become apparent on the second pass. Of course I think that (as others have suggested) ...


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Is it possible for you to practice Ernest Hemingway's advice of leaving some time between writing and proofreading so you come to it fresher?


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Print out your work, as others have suggested. Print 2 or even 4 pages per sheet, thus using fewer trees. Newer versions of Word (and most other word processors, I'd imagine) attempt to catch words that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context. An example I see all the time is 'been' for 'being'. E.g. 'Are you been serious?'. In Word, potential ...


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You mentioned, that the formatting of your word processor is distracting you while reading through your text. One suggestion is using a Markup language like Markdown, that is also used on Stackexchange. This will separate your writing from formatting and you can use any text editor (like Notepad). One tip for searching for doubled words is using the ...


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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 ...


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I believe this can work fine in translation of non-literary, standardized documents, e.g. technical documentation, medical reports, and the like. The more both format and language (terms) are standardized, the better this will work. Preparation You must write with automatic translation in mind. Use the same words and phrases always with the same meaning ...


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You could try using some sort of text-to-speech program. Once you've finished your writing, get the text-to-speech software to read it out to you. Missing words will stand out much more, and you can do it as often as you want without annoying a human :) Some of the voices can be a bit awkward, but it should work well enough for your needs. You can add a ...


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Use text-to-speech software. It's available on almost every computer nowadays, for free. The advantage of this is that the computer is stupid and will read whatever you have written, even if it makes no sense. (Of course, this approach assumes you will recognize the mistake when you hear it.) Human readers will instead often unconsciously fix textual ...



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