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A Printable Chart of Proofreading Marks with their Meanings

A Printable Chart of Proofreading Marks with their Meanings

Proofreading symbols are commonly used to mark mistakes in a text. Using them is an efficient method of correcting mistakes. To make your work easier, a printable chart of proofreading marks with their meanings has been provided in this Penlighten article.
Penlighten Staff
The Reverse Way
Reading each sentence backward is an excellent method of proofreading your own work. We tend to spot more mistakes. Make sure that you read each and every word carefully.
A single mistake can mess an entire article. Proofreading, therefore, plays a major role in writing. Writing each and every mistake on the article is not feasible or aesthetically pleasing. Using proofreading marks is the more appropriate method. It is also beneficial if students are proofreading the work of their peers. You can master all these marks only by using them repeatedly.

Having a chart handy in this regard will help you to refer and correct your mistakes immediately. There are some standard proofreading marks. The method is common; the marks are made on the text and corrections are written in the margin.
Proofreading Marks and Their Meanings
Symbol Meaning
 ' Apostrophe
Bold-small
[ / ] Brackets
Caps
[  ] Center-margin
Close-margin
: Colon
, Comma
Dash
Delete
Delete-close
Diamond
Dot lead
Double quote mark(s)
Ellipsis
Font
Font damage
- Hyphen
Increase line
Indent - remove margin
5 em Indent - size
Insert
# Insert space
Invert
Italic
Justify left margin
stet Let stand
No para
Para
(  /  ) Parenthesis
? Query
OK/? Query to author
Reduce line
Reduce space
Remove
Remove caps
Remove italic
; Semicolon
Small caps
Solidus
Space margin
Single quote mark(s)
Stet margin
Stop
Subscript
Superscript
Set farther to the left
Set farther to the right
Space evenly
Sp Spell out
Regular usage of these proofreading marks will help you to remember them better. You can also use them to proofread your own work, for more practice. The symbols are standard, but could have little variations in some cases.