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    Proofreading questions

    I was given two sentences to proofread. Could you please have a look if my corrections and explanations are right.

    1) Stethoscopes are used by a doctor. I changed a to 'the' and explained 'the doctor' refers to doctors in general/
    2) When she was a small baby, she had colic. Delete 'small' as babies are small and young in nature.

    Thanks a lot

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    #2

    Re: Proofreading questions

    Is this a homework assignment?

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    Not at all and I'm no longer a student.
    I came across this in an exercise book but it hasn't got the answer keys.
    Much obliged if you all can tell me if I have made the correct changes. Thanks a lot

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    To refer to the profession generally, use the plural with no article: Stethoscopes are used by doctors.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: Proofreading questions

    I am not a teacher.

    For 2), although you are right that babies are, as a rule, small in size, "small baby" can be used to refer to the earliest stages of infancy.

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    So, what's wrong with (2) then, may I ask?
    Original sentence: When she was a small baby, she had colic.

    May I also ask if 'the doctor' is absolutely wrong? 'a doctor' wouldn't make sense as we are referring to a fact which applies to all doctors. Aside from using the plural form, can 'the doctor' be a possible correction for the sentence as well?

    Thanks a lot again

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    (1) is possible with "the" but more natural with emsr2d2's "doctors". The original of (2) is fine as it is.

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post


    May I also ask if 'the doctor' is absolutely wrong? 'a doctor' wouldn't make sense as we are referring to a fact which applies to all doctors. Aside from using the plural form, can 'the doctor' be a possible correction for the sentence as well?
    I would accept:

    Doctors use stethoscopes.
    A doctor uses a stethoscope.
    Stethoscopes are used by doctors.
    Doctors use a stethoscope. (My least favourite).
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Jun-2014 at 22:05. Reason: Typo
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    Re: Proofreading questions

    I think you meant to pluralize "stethoscope" in the first one.

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    Re: Proofreading questions

    I just corrected it. Thanks.
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