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Don’t let typos give you the slip

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Typos can slip past the best of us. That’s why newspapers hire copy editors to proofread. And even then, newspapers still print mistakes.

Assuming you don’t have an eagle-eyed co-worker on hand to review your work, try these proofreading tips:

1. Read your work from end to beginning. This tactic keeps your brain from scanning over the words and mentally filling in what it believes should be there.

2. Proofread a printed version. When it’s an important letter or e-mail, don’t skip this key step. You’ll see things on paper that you might overlook on screen. Try enlarging the document to 130% of its normal size (11” x 17”) to make errors jump out at you.

3. Read it out loud. It increases the odds that you’ll catch a missing “the” or misplaced comma.

4. Give yourself some time. If you can, let the document sit for a day, then go back to it.

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