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What is the difference between proofread and edit?
I agree with Mike that there is little difference.
An editor can decide what material goes and stays in a piece of work. A proofreader is more looking for errors, typos, and things that are not clear.
There is a world of difference. As your proofreader, I will correct out-and-out errors but leave your text largely as-is. Major breaches of style will be called to your attention. As your line editor, I will also adjust your writing for style issues and improved clarity if it can be achieved within the same sentence or paragraph. As your "full-service" editor, I will suggest changes in flow or content areas that are missing.
In other words, a proofreader will eliminate errors. An editor will improve your writing.
(This was typed on my phone. Any errors are not intention irony but clumsy fingers.)
Last edited by Barb_D; 12-Dec-2013 at 20:37.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.