Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

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Do people ever try to persuade you to take on a task by telling you that this job will only take five minutes? How often is that true? I reckon that a “five minute” job will take at least half an hour. If they say it will only take half an hour, it is likely to be a horrible job.

The same optimistic attitude is taken by people who ask for a “quick” proofread. What they usually mean is that they are pretty sure there are no mistakes, so you don’t need to look very closely.

Unfortunately, if you don’t look closely, things will get missed. And that is just one point against the idea of a quick proofread.

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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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4 Responses to Why there is no such thing as a quick proofread

  1. Laura says:

    And it’s so easy to miss repeated words. And it’s so easy to miss repeated words.

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