We’re back with another installment of Common Things Proofreaders Miss!
This is becoming quite a lengthy list. For me, it’s always growing. Every time I read a transcript, I see these types of errors. The list will probably never stop growing. But that’s why there’s a solid need for eagle eyes to catch this kind of stuff in transcripts. Would you notice mistakes like these in a transcript? If you could, maybe it’s time to think about earning money for dem skillz!!
Also make sure to print this list so you can use it for future reference while you’re working.
Links to other installments of the Common Things Proofreaders Miss Series:
breach / breech
time frame / timeframe
timeline / time line
where / were
indicted / indicated
every / ever
worker’s comp / workers’ comp / workman’s comp / workmen’s comp / workmans’ comp
severed / served
boarder / border
contact / contract
pique / peek / peak
build / billed
fourth / forth
waive / wave
maybe / may be
advise / advice
devise / device
its / it’s — you will see this all the time in advertisements, and it never ceases to annoy me! “It’s” means “it is.” Say it to yourself. If “it is” doesn’t fit — i.e, the flag in all “it is” glory – then it’s “its.”(Pun intended.) “Its” is the possessive, which shows ownership: valued for its color.
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What are some more common things proofreaders miss?