2. Editing Service



The Editing Service is the second layer of proofreading services for professionals and individuals who want a closer proofread of their paper, be it a CV, a cover letter, a personal statement or any other form of writing.


In this service, our proofreaders look at more aspects of your written copy than they do in the first service: Proofreading Service.


In addition to grammar, punctuation and spelling, they will also check your word choice and sentence structure, as explained in detail below.



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1. Grammar check


We will correct any grammatical errors, including subject-verb agreement, upper case and lower case, tenses, use of modifiers, possessive pronouns, connectors, and the apostrophe.


Original: Myself and my colleague is interviewing the applicant tomorrow.

Edited: Myself and my colleague are interviewing the applicant tomorrow.


Original: I confirm that my interview is with chief executive Smith on 10 July.

Edited: I confirm that my interview is with Chief Executive Smith on 10 July.


Original: I am going to college every day.

Edited: I go to college every day.


Original: The applicant has submitted a well prepared CV.

Edited: The applicant has submitted a well-prepared CV.


Original: The responsibility to submit the report is your’s.

Edited: The responsibility to submit the report is yours.


Original: I would be suitable for this job because of my qualifications or my experience.

Edited: I would be suitable for this job because of my qualifications and my experience.


Original: I have read all of the applicants’ CV’s.

Edited: I have read all of the applicants’ CVs.


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2. Spelling check


Original: I will send you my personnal statement and CV today.

Edited: I will send you my personal statement and CV today.


* They wanted too (to) discuss this in their academic paper.

* The researcher has recommended that they sotp (stop) making mistakes and use English proofreading services.

* In the peeface (preface), they explained what they will discuss in their book.


Original: Following our telephone covnersation, I wish to discuss this matter further.

Edited: Following our telephone conversation, I wish to discuss this matter further.


We will replace any American words or expressions with British equivalents, as exemplified below:


* Learned (American) Learnt (British)

* Focussed (American) Focused (British)

* Center (American) Centre (British)

* Characterize (American) Characterise (British)


Example: (where the client has requested American English)


Original: My experience of labouring has made me physically and mentally strong.

Edited: My experience of laboring has made me physically and mentally strong.



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3. Punctuation check


We will also correct any punctuation errors. A few recurrent examples we come across include the use of colon, semicolon, and quotation marks.


Original: This report covers: finance, organisation, publicity, human resources and planning.

Edited: This report covers finance, organisation, publicity, human resources and planning.

Original: I have read your CV, it is very impressive.

Edited: I have read your CV; it is very impressive.

Original: The professor said "this is the best department in the university".

Edited: The professor said, "This is the best department in the university."


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4. Word choice


In English, some words have a greater impact than others; and some words fit more certain purpose than others or convey the meaning in a better way.


Original: I speak and write four languages so this helps me to talk well with many other people.

Edited: I speak and write four languages, which enables me to communicate effectively with others.


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5. Sentence structure


One recurrent problem that we often come across in editing and proofreading is what we call run-on sentences...i.e. sentences are excessively long.


Original: I was educated at London University where I obtained a first-class honours degree in English, then I studied at Manchester University where I obtained a master’s degree and then I went to Oxford University where I was awarded a PhD for research into the development of the English language from medieval times up to the present day and now I am looking to conduct further research in how English has developed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Edited: I was educated at London University, where I obtained a first-class honours degree in English, then I studied at Manchester University where I obtained a master’s degree. My next move was to Oxford University where I was awarded a PhD for research into the development of the English language from medieval times up to the present day. My intention now is to conduct further research into how English has developed in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.