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A Printable Chart of Proofreading Marks with their Meanings

Proofreading symbols are commonly used to mark mistakes in a text. Using them is an efficient method of correcting mistakes. To make your work easier, a printable chart of proofreading marks with their meanings has been provided in this Buzzle article.
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Proofreading marks with their meanings
The Reverse Way
Reading each sentence backward is an excellent method of proofreading your own work. We tend to spot more mistakes. Make sure that you read each and every word carefully.

A single mistake can mess an entire article. Proofreading, therefore, plays a major role in writing. Writing each and every mistake on the article is not feasible or aesthetically pleasing. Using proofreading marks is the more appropriate method. It is also beneficial if students are proofreading the work of their peers. You can master all these marks only by using them repeatedly.

Having a chart handy in this regard will help you to refer and correct your mistakes immediately. There are some standard proofreading marks. The method is common; the marks are made on the text and corrections are written in the margin.

Proofreading Marks and Their Meanings

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Symbol Meaning
Apostrophe
Bold-small
Brackets
Caps
Center-margin
Close-margin
Colon
Comma
Dash
Delete
Delete-close
Diamond
Dot lead
Double quote mark(s)
Ellipsis
Font
Font damage
Hyphen
Increase line
Indent - remove margin
Indent - size
Insert
Insert space
Invert
Italic
Symbol Meaning
Justify left margin
Let stand
No para
Para
Parenthesis
Query
Query to author
Reduce line
Reduce space
Remove
Remove caps
Remove italic
Semicolon
Small caps
Solidus
Space margin
Single quote mark(s)
Stet margin
Stop
Subscript
Superscript
Set farther to the left
Set farther to the right
Space evenly
Spell out

Regular usage of these proofreading marks will help you to remember them better. You can also use them to proofread your own work, for more practice. The symbols are standard, but could have little variations in some cases.
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Published: August 18, 2014
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