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    Choice of adjectives

    Dear Teacher,

    Usually a report will only be published after a long process of editing and polishing to improve its contents. When finalised, can we describe it as a "polished" report, or a "refined" report? Can we "refine" a report and then the report is "refined"? If not, what adjective can we use to describe it?

    Thank you in advance for your advice!

    Sincerely,
    Ily


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    Re: Choice of adjectives

    An eagle-eyed proofreader edit the text; id est, (s)he makes the necessary changes to it, (s)he amends it. When the final version is ready, it goes to press.

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    Re: Choice of adjectives

    Quote Originally Posted by Ily View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    Usually a report will only be published after a long process of editing and polishing to improve its contents. When finalised, can we describe it as a "polished" report, or a "refined" report? Can we "refine" a report and then the report is "refined"? If not, what adjective can we use to describe it?

    Thank you in advance for your advice!

    Sincerely,
    Ily
    Yes, "a polished report" is right. "Refined" is not used in this context.


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    Re: Choice of adjectives

    When finalised, can we describe it as a "polished" report,

    No. You have to be careful with 'polish' as a verb, and as an adjective.

    As an adjective, 'polished' has the sense of "accomplished and skillful", as in "His polished performance in the play..."
    "A polished manuscript" sounds as if the manuscript was written by a highly experienced wordsmith/author, as opposed to a first-time author.

    It has the meaning you require as the verb, as in:
    "He worked closely with his book editor to polish the manuscript in time for publication as a summer release."
    "When a publisher expressed interest, he spent the next few weeks polishing his manuscript before submitting it for publication."
    Here, it means not only correcting any spelling and grammatical errors, but also rephrasing and even rewriting sections.

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