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The English Critical Essay
by Linda Hutcheon and Nancy Kang

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3. Checklist for Rewriting (and Proofreading)

Always proofread from a printout, not a computer screen.

3.1 Check paragraphing for length, transitional links, and internal coherence.

3.2 Check word choice and review your style. Is each word really the one you want? Use a dictionary; never use a thesaurus or dictionary of synonyms.

3.3 Check grammar. Running a grammar checker can offer you choices for revising, but will not catch all your errors. The most common problems to watch out for are:

3.4 Check spelling and typing for possible errors. Use a dictionary if you have any doubts. Run a spelling checker, but understand that it will not catch all errors.

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