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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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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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In my opinion as a computer technician, this is impossible at least outside the strictly technical language... And, even so, I don't think it's something you can expect to be error free. Google translator is far from accurate, at least from what I see when interacting with people that depends on it to speak in English. It can translate something in an ...


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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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