Editing and Revision

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Editing and Revision

  1. 1. Editing and Revision Dr. Gerald Lucas
  2. 2. Always Proofread
  3. 3. Always Proofread Check Content
  4. 4. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar
  5. 5. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar Structure
  6. 6. Always Proofread Check Content Mechanics and Grammar Structure Style
  7. 7. Titles
  8. 8. Titles are necessary
  9. 9. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest
  10. 10. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest state a subject
  11. 11. Titles are necessary get readers’ interest state a subject state a purpose
  12. 12. Titles
  13. 13. Titles Cell Phones
  14. 14. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action
  15. 15. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action Cell Phones: Dangerous Road Hazards
  16. 16. Titles Cell Phones Cell Phones: A Call to Action Cell Phones: Dangerous Road Hazards Safer Cell Phone Usage
  17. 17. “This”
  18. 18. “This” use “this” only as an adjective
  19. 19. “This” use “this” only as an adjective do not use “this” as a pronoun
  20. 20. “This”
  21. 21. “This” This is dangerous while driving.
  22. 22. “This” This is dangerous while driving. This practice is dangerous while driving.
  23. 23. “This”
  24. 24. “This” This deserves a closer look.
  25. 25. “This” This deserves a closer look. This idea deserves closer examination.
  26. 26. Point of View
  27. 27. Point of View “pov”
  28. 28. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me”
  29. 29. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me” Third-person = “They,” “Them,” “Their”
  30. 30. Point of View “pov” First-person = “I,” “me” Third-person = “They,” “Them,” “Their” Second-person = “you,” “we,” “us,” “ours”
  31. 31. Never use the second- person pov to mean “anyone in general”
  32. 32. Point of View
  33. 33. Point of View You should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early.
  34. 34. Point of View You should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early. Guests should never arrive at a party too late or leave too early.
  35. 35. Point of View
  36. 36. Point of View You were graded on your content and your mechanics in writing your essay.
  37. 37. Point of View You were graded on your content and your mechanics in writing your essay. Students were graded on their content and their mechanics in writing their essays.
  38. 38. Professions of Faith
  39. 39. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . .
  40. 40. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . . In my personal opinion, everyone deserves at least a second chance.
  41. 41. Professions of Faith What I believe to be the most visible evidence that Charlie . . . In my personal opinion, everyone deserves at least a second chance. I feel that technology should be controlled . . .
  42. 42. Professions of Faith
  43. 43. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . .
  44. 44. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . . Everyone deserves at least a second chance.
  45. 45. Professions of Faith The most visible evidence that Charlie . . . Everyone deserves at least a second chance. Technology should be controlled . . .
  46. 46. Quotation Marks
  47. 47. Quotation Marks “Period.”
  48. 48. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,”
  49. 49. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”;
  50. 50. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”:
  51. 51. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”: “Question”? “Exclamation”!
  52. 52. Quotation Marks “Period.” “Comma,” “Semicolon”; “Colon”: “Question”? “Exclamation”! “Question?” “Exclamation!”
  53. 53. Quotation Marks
  54. 54. Quotation Marks One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity”.
  55. 55. Quotation Marks One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity”. One of the major themes that tie in with this is that of Charlie’s “split identity.”
  56. 56. Quotation Marks
  57. 57. Quotation Marks In Joyce’s “Araby”, the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past.
  58. 58. Quotation Marks In Joyce’s “Araby”, the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past. In Joyce’s “Araby,” the narrator explores this current state by looking back at the past.
  59. 59. Semicolon / Colon
  60. 60. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC
  61. 61. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront.
  62. 62. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront. : = an announcer
  63. 63. Semicolon / Colon ; = Independent Clause ; IC “Indian Camp” showcases Indian oppression; it brings the reality of racism to the forefront. : = an announcer From the first paragraph the atmosphere is dark: the blind street, the imprisoned boys, houses with imperturbable faces.
  64. 64. Very Really Quite Alot Nice . . .
  65. 65. Very Really Quite Alot Nice . . . Avoid these
  66. 66. Contractions
  67. 67. Contractions Avoid them
  68. 68. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not
  69. 69. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not
  70. 70. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not shouldn’t = should not
  71. 71. Contractions Avoid them don’t = do not won’t = will not shouldn’t = should not they’ll = they will
  72. 72. Spelling
  73. 73. Spelling Look up words you do not know
  74. 74. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker
  75. 75. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms
  76. 76. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re
  77. 77. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re than - then
  78. 78. Spelling Look up words you do not know Never trust the spell checker homonyms their - they’re than - then Check style manual in your comp handbook
  79. 79. Possessives
  80. 80. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa
  81. 81. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s
  82. 82. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’
  83. 83. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies
  84. 84. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies Possessive: its (no apostrophe)
  85. 85. Possessives Do not confuse with plurals and vice versa Singular possessive: society’s Plural possessive: societies’ Plural: societies Possessive: its (no apostrophe) Contraction: it’s (it is)
  86. 86. Pronouns
  87. 87. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural)
  88. 88. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases.
  89. 89. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases.
  90. 90. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases. Incorrect: Everyone has their quirks.
  91. 91. Pronouns Number (singular or plural) must agree with its antecedent (singular or plural) Incorrect: Every person has their biases. Correct: Every person has her biases. Incorrect: Everyone has their quirks. Correct: Everyone has his quirks.
  92. 92. Pronouns
  93. 93. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework.
  94. 94. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework.
  95. 95. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework. Every student must turn in his homework.
  96. 96. Pronouns Every student must turn in their homework. Every student must turn in her homework. Every student must turn in his homework. All students must turn in their homework.
  97. 97. Active Voice
  98. 98. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible
  99. 99. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor.
  100. 100. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor. The professor wrote the book.
  101. 101. Active Voice Use active voice whenever possible The book was written by the professor. The professor wrote the book. Look for a form of “be”: is, was, am, etc.
  102. 102. Unsure about something? LOOK IT UP!
  103. 103. ©2004 Gerald Lucas

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