Proof reading and editing checklist


I have included

  • capital letters for: beginning sentences, proper nouns and titles
  • question marks
  • full stops
  • commas:in lists, for pauses and to make meaning clear
  • apostrophes: for contractions (e.g. do not becomes don’t) and to show ownership
  • exclamation marks
  • quotation marks
  • colons: in titles, for set of lists
  • brackets
  • hyphens


I have

  • checked the spelling of any unknown words
  • not confused words that sound the same
  • used correct endings for plurals


I have included

(e.g. The rubbish bin (singular subject) was (verb) full. The rubbish bins(plural subject) were (verb) full.)

(A conjunction is a part of speech that connects two words, phrases orclauses together.)

(A Preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in asentence .e.g. under, with, on, at, to

The cat went under the table)


I have read through my writing to check that

  • it makes sense
  • it is easy to understand
  • paragraphing is appropriate
  • there are no double negatives

(e.g. I am not going to buy no bananas)

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