Editing / Re-writing: poor use of language

In the extract below, we see many problems that indicate that the writer does not have a good grasp of the English language. The problems include:

  • punctuation
  • sentence construction
  • singular and plural
  • verbs
  • wordiness
  • articles
  • prepositions

When so many problems are seen, a text really requires re-writing, not editing. One problem is that the editor must then correct as many problems as possible, without re-writing the text, as these are two different services. The re-writing service is a more comprehensive and time-consuming service and therefore a more expensive service than editing. This means that even when heavy editing and some re-writing is done, problems will remain, as the entire text has not be re-written, as this service has not been requested and will not be paid for.

The second problem is that as the red lines mount up, it becomes increasingly difficult for the editor to ‘read’ the page. This means that errors can be missed or created and the corrected text will not be ready for publication – it will require a second round of correction before it is ready for publication.


Categories: Editing and Re-writing.


  1. Gill

    I have noticed that in some of the editing examples provided, a colon has been inserted after words such as ‘include’ and ‘namely’. From what I have read elsewhere, my understanding is that a colon should only follow a complete, stand-alone sentence. Is this incorrect, in your opinion?

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