[Vocabulary] Check/mark/proofread?

englishhobby

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I am going to correct mistakes in one of my student's essay, but I'm not going to give her any score for it. It's going to be informal, just because she asked me to do so. Should I use the verb to mark (to grade), to check or to proofread?
E. g. I'll check/mark (grade)/proofread your essay tomorrow.
 

teechar

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I am going to correct mistakes in one of my student's essays, but I'm not going to give her any score for it. It's going to be informal, just because she asked me to do so. Should I use the verb to mark (to grade), to check or to proofread?
E.g. I'll check/mark (grade)/proofread your essay tomorrow.
I wouldn't use "mark" or "grade". The others are okay, but also try "assess".
 

jutfrank

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Generally speaking:

grade means 'give a grade' (e.g. A-F).

assess means, more generally, 'make an assessment' (perhaps based on a pre-existing set of criteria).

proofread is not commonly used in this way by teachers.

mark means 'give marks' (a numerical score, e.g. 0-200).

However, I tend to use mark to mean 'correct mistakes', as in the context you give. For me, and many other teachers I know, it doesn't necessarily imply giving a score.

check is also a good option.
 
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