1. Check spelling:
Spell checkers can catch many mistakes, but they are not foolproof. It's important to review the writing and double-check all words for accuracy.
2. Check punctuation:
Punctuation marks help guide the reader through the text, so they must be used correctly to ensure clarity and readability.
3. Check verb tenses:
Incorrect verb tenses can confuse readers and impede the communication of ideas, so make sure all verbs are used in the correct form.
4. Check subject/verb agreement:
The subject and verb in a sentence must agree in both number (singular or plural) and person (first, second, or third).
5. Check for pronouns:
Pronouns should always refer back to the appropriate noun in a sentence; make sure to double-check that all pronouns are used correctly.
6. Check for run-on sentences:
Run-on sentences occur when two independent clauses are joined without proper punctuation or conjunction, so look out for these and fix them as needed.
7. Check for fragments:
A fragment is an incomplete thought, so make sure all phrases in a sentence express complete thoughts on their own.
8. Check for consistency:
If you're using any specialized terminology, abbreviations, acronyms, etc., make sure they are used consistently throughout your writing to avoid confusion.