Among the most widely requested services that we offer at Terra Traducciones are editing and proofreading. You might be asking yourself why, so here is a quick course on why these services are so important.

When we write in our own language, we can sometimes make mistakes that are not clear to even us. This is where a professional editor and proofreader comes in very handy. At Terra Traducciones, we have a two-step process: firstly, we focus on structure, syntax and grammar, then we move on to vocabulary, punctuation and layout. This tried-and-tested process has helped us keep our clients happy and their messages on track.

If you feel that your native language is above reproach, then here is a little exercise that shows how something as simple as punctuation has an impact on the meaning of a text. Take a look at the two examples below:

An English teacher wrote the following words on the board and asked her students to add the necessary punctuation:

“A woman without her man is nothing.”

The men wrote: “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

The women wrote: “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

This example clearly showcases the power of punctuation and the importance of ensuring that we use it properly. The message written by the men has one clear meaning (woman are nothing without men), while the women’s punctuation clearly shows the opposite is true.

So, next time you are unsure about whether what you have written is really the message you want to send to your clients, don’t hesitate to contact the experts for some help.

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