More Proofreading Tests: Can You Spot The Grammatical Goofs?

by Dean Evans

If you’ve already tried our first proofreading challenge, you might be looking for some more proofreading tests to give your mistake-spotting skills a workout.

No problem. Here are two more quick tests to see whether you have a proofreader’s eye for editorial detail. See how many errors you can find…

Test 1 starts –>

Most people take their digital cameras with them when they go on holiday or shoot quick snaps on the mobile phones. But, more often then not, the results can be dissappointing. This is either because most cameras aren’t set up correctly, the subject is poorly framed, or the flash is set to Automatic when it should be Disabled. Fortunately, a few simple techniques can help you take better photos the next time you travel.

<– Test 1 ends

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Test 2 starts –>

“Yes, I was on the trip to south America, as was Mr Carmichael and Doctor Jarratt. Why do you ask?”
The policeman flipped open his notebook. “Did you happen to meet a Mr Jonathan Hart at any point?”
“Actually, yes. He dined at our table on our first night at see. He worked for an oil company, I think. Why do you ask?”.
“Because Mr Hart was murdered,” said the policeman flatly. “And you were one of the last people to see him alive.”
“You have a flare for the dramatic, officer. What can I do to help?”

<– Test 2 ends

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Freda Paterson May 28, 2014 at 1:01 pm

For the sake of consistency, I would change Doctor be changed to Dr


Cheryl April 3, 2015 at 11:56 pm

I believe your last sentence should read “I would change DOCTOR to Dr.


Catherine December 10, 2014 at 12:29 pm

I would not insert the comma following the conjunction (but) in the second sentence of Test 1.


James Powell December 29, 2014 at 4:12 pm

In the very first line of the first test paragraph, shouldn’t the line ‘they go on holiday’ be ‘they go on a holiday’ or ‘they go on holidays’?


Alex January 4, 2015 at 11:52 pm

1. I would leave out the comma after ‘but’ or switch it to ‘however’.
2. What’s the stance on ”Automatic” v ‘Automatic’ there?
3. ‘Doctor’ should be abbreviated to ‘Dr’ for continuity.
4. As this is spoken conversation, couldn’t ‘was’ be correct with a comma after ‘Carmichael’?


Susan August 11, 2015 at 11:19 pm

At the end of each sentence with a question mark, I put the questions marks on the outside of the quotations marks? Only fullstops or periods are put inside quotation marks, at least that is how I have been led to believe.


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