The last step in the revision process is proofreading. It is the final look through your paper. This process can help you catch smaller errors, such as spelling mistakes that you might have missed when you were editing for larger errors.
Watch this video to learn about Proofreading and what you should look for when you are giving your essay a last look. You can also download th Proofreading Video Transcript.
During the Proofreading stage you should look for spelling errors and give your essay a check for small errors.
There are three stages to revising your writing: Revision, Editing, and Proofreading. Often these stages can be referred to as Higher-Order and Lower-Order concerns. The Proofreading stage addresses Lower-Order concerns.
Watch this video to learn about the Higher-Order and Lower-Order concerns for revising your essay. The video explains what you should be looking for as you revise, edit, and proofread what you have written. Opens in a new window
Prefixes and suffixes are groups of letters that can be added to the root of many words to modify the meaning of those words. Learn prefixes and suffixes to quickly improve your vocabulary.
Here are some examples of prefixes and suffixes that you can use in your writing.
A prefix is added to beginning of a word.
Meaning: Over, more than
Example: Hypersonic, hypersensitive
Meaning: Under, less than
Example: Hypodermic, hypoglycemia
Meaning: Between, connecting
Example: Intervene, international
Meaning: Enlarge, large
Example: micrometer, microscopic
Meaning: Recent, new
Example: Neologism, neophyte
Example: Postwar, postscript
Example: Previous, prepublication
Meaning: Before, onward
Example: Project, propel
Meaning: Again, back
Example: Review, recreate
Meaning: Under, beneath
Example: Subhuman, submarine
Meaning: Over, above
Example: Supercargo, superimpose
Meaning: At the same time
Example: Synonym, synchronize
Meaning: Across, over
Example: Transport, transition
A suffix is added to the end of a word.
Meaning: State or quality
Example: Democracy, privacy
Meaning: Act of
Example: Rebuttal, refusal
Meaning: State or quality of
Example: Maintenance, eminence
Meaning: Place or state of being
Example: Freedom, thralldom
Meaning: One who
Example: Trainer, investor
Meaning: doctrine or belief
Example: Liberalism, Taoism
Meaning: Characteristic of one who
Example: Organist, physicist
Meaning: Quality of
Example: Veracity, opacity
Meaning: State of being
Example: Watchfulness, cleanliness
Meaning: Position held
Example: Professorship, fellowship
Meaning: State of being or action
Example: Digression, transition
Verb suffixes are added to the end of word roots to create verbs.
Meaning: Cause to be
Example: Concentrate, regulate
Meaning: Cause to be or become
Example: Enliven, blacken
Meaning: Make or cause to become
Example: Unify, terrify, amplify
Meaning: Cause to become
Example: Magnetize, civilize
Adjective suffixes are added to the end of word roots to create adjectives.
Meaning: Capable of being
Example: Assumable, edible
Meaning: Pertaining to
Example: Regional, political
Meaning: Reminiscent of
Example: Picturesque, statuesque
Meaning: Having a notable quality
Example: Colourful, sorrowful
Meaning: Pertaining to
Example: Poetic, mythic
Meaning: Having the quality of
Example: Prudish, clownish
Meaning: Of or characterized by
Example: Famous, nutritious
Meaning: Having the nature of
Example: Active, aggressive