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:

  • Use of punctuation
  • Sentence construction
  • Singular and plural
  • Use of articles
  • Use of 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. 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 be not be ready for publication – it will require a second round of correction before it is ready for publication.

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