proofreading/editing texts in English
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amazonlioness  Identity Verified
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English to Greek
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Apr 9

Which books do you consider the most reliable/useful for someone who is proofreading/editing texts in English?


English to Russian
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account book Apr 9

There're too many (including at, yet translator is to consider clients' style-guides and preferences while learning to be even more educated, attentive, understanding, flexible, clear, and so on.

I enjoyed reading

Depending on your needs and skills, an experienced colleague-proofreader (or several!) in the fields would be really helpful, but nowadays even mere 'translation' often goes beyond localization--to rewriting, ghostwriting, or copy-writing and on.

Indeed, not everything is written in the paper.

[Edited at 2018-04-09 11:02 GMT]


Jean Dimitriadis  Identity Verified
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Revising and Editing for Translators Apr 9

If we're talking about translated texts, then I would recommend "Revising and Editing for Translators" by Brian Mossop. Also valuable for self-revision.


Maxi Schwarz
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German to English
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Would country matter in this question? Apr 12

For example, English in the UK, in the US, in Canada, in Australia and NZ, etc. I don't know if different governments and organizations might not have their own conventions as well.


Min Kyu Kim
United States
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Mix of Student Grammars Jul 16

For copyediting & Proofreading, student grammars can be the right mix of information and readability. Check out:

The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage
The Little, Brown Handbook
A Practical English Grammar


Stephanie Warren
United Kingdom
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SfEP Aug 23

The SfEP (Society for Editors and Proofreaders) is more or less the place to go to qualify and train in proofreading and editing.
Book-wise, I have the Oxford Style Manual very useful and the Cambridge Grammar/Vocabulary/Idioms in use books are very good.


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