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The Difference Between Revising and Editing

By September 22, 2009

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There is a difference between revising your paper and editing your paper, but it's not always an easy distinction for students to understand.

You should proofread your paper to edit mistakes such as spelling errors, punctuation mistakes, common word mix-ups, and other mechanical problems. While the editing process targets grammar problems, the revision process should focus on readability, logic, and clarity.

When you revise a paper, the first step is to read the paper to see if it flows from one topic to another in a sensible manner. You examine the paper to determine if the organization is logical, if the paper fits the actual assignment, or if you veered off-topic at any point. During the revision process, you will find yourself rewriting paragraphs to make them sound better and to make sure they support the claims you made in the thesis statement.


June 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm
(1) Ms. Jersey Girl (: says:

i found this very helpful
im always confused with editing nd revising
thanx so much
u made it easier (:

January 5, 2011 at 7:35 pm
(2) CAMI says:

thanx i am in the sixth grade and im very confused this also helped me alot thx sooo much!

June 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm
(3) Jordan McAllister says:

I am an English major at Utah Valley University, and I thought this was a very clear explanation. I am always concerned with the difference between paper editing and paper revision. Knowing the difference makes the writing process smoother. Thanks for writing this!

January 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm
(4) dee says:

made perfect sense after reading this

October 25, 2012 at 12:31 am
(5) Monica says:

It helped me a lot, the way you explained it is so easy to understand and explain it to somebody else.

November 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm
(6) danny says:

Thanks for explanation.

November 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm
(7) SmartStudent says:

Gracias:) I have a huge essay due and I forgot the difference, silly me.

April 24, 2014 at 4:08 pm
(8) amy says:

but is the major focus of revision editing or proofreading?

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