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"Hey, Mr. Toad - Can't thank you enough for the excellent work you did to improve the functioning of my eCommerce website. You were also very successful in strengthening the security of the site and eliminating hacker-related problems. I was very impressed and would recommend you highly. Thanks a million for all your help. "
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Proofreading

Have your important documents (for example, job application letters) checked for grammar and vocabulary. Advice on improving the overall layout and the style of the writing is part of the package.

Try Toad out for free for a few (hey, spontaneous alliteration - woo hoo!) selected pages from that book you just wrote - then negotiate a suitable fee for proofreading the rest of it, depending on the quantity and difficulty level of the text. Toad is educated to degree level, well read and has an extensive vocabulary. It's irritating when he insists on talking about himself in the third person though, isn't it?!

Proofreading is important to get your message across - mistakes look unprofessional. People assume that if you can make glaringly obvious proofreading errors, that the writer of same may well make mistakes in other areas as well. Toad also takes great pains with layout and readability - no indigestible blocks of text, no repetition of particular words etc.

The following article shows the dangers of accusing other people of mishandling the language - in this case the British tabloid "Sun" attacked the PM for making a spelling mistake, then committed a similar one on its own website. A classic case of "Don't throw bricks if you live in a greenhouse!". Thus:

Sun apologises for misspelling name of soldier's mother on website

Tabloid had attacked Gordon Brown for spelling mistakes in letter to Jacqui Janes, whose son Jamie died in Afghanistan

The Guardian (on-line newspaper)
By Mark Sweney
Friday 13 November 2009 16.55 GMT

The Sun has apologised for misspelling the surname of Jacqui Janes on its website, days after the News International title attacked Gordon Brown for making a similar error in a letter of condolence over her son's death in Afghanistan ... More

1 comments:

  1. Ms. Freeman says

    Typos and grammar errors are not charming, but as there are humans behind the computers I can see how this could happen.


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