Proofreading Test 2: Answers

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

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?”

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south: This should be capped as it’s referencing the region – ‘South America’.

was: Because there are two people being referenced here – ‘Mr Carmichael’ and ‘Doctor Jarratt’ – we need to use ‘were’ instead of ‘was’.

see: This should, of course, be ‘sea’.

ask?”.: Did you spot the unnecessary full stop at the end of this sentence? Because there’s already a question mark here, there’s no need for one.

flare: The correct word should be ‘flair’. ‘Flare’ typically means ‘a sudden brief burst of bright flame or light’.

A corrected version of the text would read as follows:

“Yes, I was on the trip to South America, as were 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 sea. 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 flair for the dramatic, officer. What can I do to help?”

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