Proofreading Test 1: Answers

How many mistakes did you spot in this proofreading test? There were five in total. Here’s the text again with the errors highlighted in red:

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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.

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the: A simple spelling mistake. It should read ‘on their mobile phones’.

then: The phrase should read ‘more often than not’.

dissappointing: The correct spelling of this word has a single ‘s’ – ‘disappointing’. A spell check should catch this error. But there are times when you won’t have access to one.

either: While ‘either’ isn’t spelt incorrectly here, it is being used incorrectly in this sentence. Why? Because it references three options – ‘most cameras aren’t set up correctly’, ‘the subject is poorly framed’ and ‘the flash is set to Automatic…’ The definition of ‘either’ is ‘one or the other of two people or things’. So it can’t be followed by more than two things. It is ‘either [something] or [something else]. To fix this, we can either get rid of ‘either’ and leave the three options intact, or delete one of the three options and leave ‘either’ in place.

Disabled: In this instance, there’s no capital D in ‘disabled’. It’s not a camera function, like Automatic.

A corrected version of the text would read as follows:

Most people take their digital cameras with them when they go on holiday or shoot quick snaps on their mobile phones. But, more often than not, the results can be disappointing. This is 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.

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