Perhaps the best way to demonstrate the thoroughness of Future Perfect’s advanced proofreading approach is to examine a typical piece of text which requires proofing, to see how many mistakes you can spot.

Text version 1 – how many mistakes can you find?

This text has 257 words.

Supermarket giant, Acme, supply all the food products, chilled items and fruit and vegetables, for their stores in the South West of England, from one huge warehouse in Weston Super Mare.  Almost one-and-a-half million cases of stock move though the warehouse.  In Acmes ‘groceries’ section just over two weeks stock is carried, in total 650000 cases.  The depot handles almost 10,000 different product lines, distributing them to 56 various different stores, with the area comprising of eight smaller depots.  Didderon, the global leader in supply chain management, manage this major site for Acme.  This is a challenging job that means its vital to Didderon that all it’s essential staff are well-motivated and loyal.  “Every member of our staff has a one to one meeting with their line manager either with the option of a formal appraisal every six months or every eight months – a good arrangement.  For the benefit of both managers, and their staff, the Support team felt it was important to increase the skill levels in several areas”, explained Jon.  When it came to selecting a suitable training provider, Jon fell back on his previous years training experiences.  “I worked for Darfurt Housing some years ago, and during that time I attended several short term training courses from Appleton, plus we have sent managers from Didderon to computer courses at Appletons training centre.  We were very impressed with their approach, so when we were looking for training advice and expertise we called in Darren from Appletons for a discussion.  The first ones always complementary”.

 

Text version 2 – typical professional proofreading

A typical proofreader would find around 43 errors, which we have highlighted for you. However, while making these corrections, the proofreader has actually introduced two errors which weren’t there before! See whether you can spot them, among the valid corrections.

Supermarket giant, Acme, supply all of the food products, chilled items, fruit and vegetables, for their stores in the Southwest of England, from one huge warehouse in WestonSuperMare. Almost one and a half million cases of stock move through the warehouse each month. In Acme’s ‘groceries’ section just over two weeks stock is carried, in total 650,000 cases. The depot handles almost 10,000 different product lines, distributing them to 56 different stores, with the area comprising eight smaller depots. Didderon, the global leader in supply chain management, manages this major site for Acme. This is a challenging job that means it‘s vital to Didderon that all its essential staff are well-motivated and loyal. “Every member of our staff has a onetoone meeting with their line manager, either with the option of a formal appraisal every six months or every eight months – a good arrangement. For the benefit of both managers and their staff, the support team felt it was important to increase the skills levels in several areas,” explained Jon. When it came to selecting a suitable training provider, Jon fell back on his previous years training experience. “I worked for Darfurt Housing some years ago and, during that time, I attended several short-term training courses from Appleton, plus we have sent managers from Didderon to computer courses at Appletons training centre. We were very impressed with their approach, so, when we were looking for training advice and expertise we called in Darren from Appleton for a discussion. The first ones always complementary.

 

Text version 3 – advanced proofreading

In addition to those 43 errors, advanced proofreading would find almost the same number of errors, highlighted below. On text which we have seen, standard proofreaders would typically miss these additional errors.

Supermarket giant Acme supplies all of the food products, chilled items, fruit and vegetables, for its stores in the southwest of England, from one huge warehouse in Weston-super-Mare. Almost one and a half million cases of stock move through the warehouse each month. In Acmes groceries section, just over two weeks stock is carried, 650,000 cases in total. The depot handles almost 10,000 product lines, distributing them to 56 stores, with the area comprising eight smaller depots. Didderon, the global leader in supply-chain management, manages this major site for Acme. This is a challenging job which means that its vital to Didderon that all of its essential staff be well motivated and loyal. Every member of our staff has a one-to-one meeting with his/her line manager, with the option of a formal appraisal either every six months or every eight months a good arrangement. For the benefit of both managers and their staff, the support team felt that it was important to increase the skills levels in several areas, explained Jon. When it came to selecting a suitable training provider, Jon fell back on his previous years’ training experience: I worked for Darfurt Housing some years ago and, during that time, attended several short-term training courses from Appleton, plus we have sent managers from Didderon to computer courses at Appletons training centre before now. We were very impressed with its approach; so, when we were looking for training advice and expertise, we called in Darren from Appleton, for a discussion. The first ones always complimentary.

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