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The Proof is in the Proofing: Quiz Answers

If you've come to this page, it's because you took our editing challenge and read our mistake-riddled paragraph here. So, let's see how your editing skills stack up.

Here's the paragraph the way it was in our test, with the key errors in bold:

It’s true that proofreaders often get a bad wrap. People tend to think of us as stuffy librarians or, even worse straight laced rule abiders who don’t know how to have fun. (That is absolutely, 100% false.) While there may be a few bad apples out there; most proofreaders I know are passionate, detail-orientated team players. Our job is to make you look good (and, OK, too play with words, too). Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation can really effect a client’s perception of our professionalism, so we do our best to assure no such errors find there way out the door. We genuinely love language, and helping people make they’re work the best it can be bring us a special kind if happiness. So don’t hesitate the next time you have word-related question – make a proofreader happy and ask!

And here's the paragraph with the errors corrected:

It’s true that proofreaders often get a bad rap. People tend to think of us as stuffy librarians or, even worse, straight-laced rule abiders who don’t know how to have fun. (That is absolutely, 100% false.) While there may be a few bad apples out there, most proofreaders I know are passionate, detail-oriented team players. Our job is to make you look good (and, OK, to play with words, too). Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation can really affect a client’s perception of our professionalism, so we do our best to ensure no such errors find their way out the door. We genuinely love language, and helping people make their work the best it can be brings us a special kind of happiness. So don’t hesitate the next time you have a word-related question – make a proofreader happy and ask!

And here are the corrections in detail:

  1. Wrap should be rap
  2. Should be a comma after worse
  3. Straight laced should be hyphenated
  4. Semicolon should be a comma
  5. Orientated should be oriented
  6. Too should be to
  7. Effect should be affect
  8. Assure should be ensure
  9. There should be their
  10. They’re should be their
  11. Bring should be brings
  12. If should be of
  13. Should be an a before word-related