What is the style correction?

In the world of text editing there is something called style correction. Most publishers offer this service to writers to improve the final result of the work. The rates of correction of style are based on the complex and extensive results of perfecting a manuscript that has already been corrected orthographically.

This means that what will be modified will not change the meaning of each sentence in the text, but it will improve its appearance to make it easier for readers to understand. Seen from this angle, this type of style correction is a type of correction in depth where the corrector is involved not only in the objective errors of the text, but in the way and in the way in which the idea is communicated.

  1. But, in short, what is the correction of style or what is dedicated

In a synthetic and summarized way (since it is complicated to explain the whole dimension of a style correction), a style corrector pursues the following points:

Repair sentence gaps, either by inserting missing terms, by deleting unnecessary terms, in search of greater lexical precision, or by completing unfinished sentences.

Adjust concordances.

Adjust the score, in order to achieve greater discursive precision.

Undo involuntary ambiguities.

Rephrase confused or erroneous sentences in a clear and structured language, in order to contribute to a homogeneous style.

Repair lexical errors

Ensure that each term correctly fulfills its grammatical function in the sentence.

Structure sentences using a correct score.

Eliminate repetitions, redundancies and cacophonies, to obtain greater expressive richness.

  1. Rates of correction of style

Naturally, the rates of a style correction (which are always preceded by a spelling correction, are more expensive than a normal correction since the type of professional involvement is much greater.) As we discussed earlier, it is not limited to errors objectives (cow with v and not with b), but to a more “subjective” view of what is written, with emphasis on embellishing a text from the point of view of fluidity, harmony and beauty.

  1. Grammatical or syntax errors

These errors, like spelling errors, are usually caused by fatigue or distraction. Although there is always the case of ignorance of the rule. In addition, we have to understand that grammar theorists have different approaches, although generally all cover the entire content.

The corrector must be carefully fixed in each sentence, which means a more intense work than correcting spelling errors. Correcting each word has no major complication, but accommodating each sentence so that it is not out of context or that all the verbs are conjugated correctly is more complicated.

  1. Faults in the use of vocabulary

In academic or informational texts it is easy to imagine this. But in a literary text it is difficult to think that there are errors in the vocabulary, because there are no words for the text to become literature. We can have a coarse or very sophisticated language and it could still be literature.

The style correction seeks that there are no unnecessary repetitions of certain words, or look for the correct synonyms that are closer to what the author seeks to capture in his work. It is increasingly common to carry out the coedition of texts between the proofreaders and the authors so that the result is the one that the client wishes.

  1. Regulations of the Royal English Academy

Language is something that is constantly evolving and rediscovering. The way in which we speak English today is not the same as the way we spoke a century ago, and in turn, five centuries ago. For this reason, linguists and academics are concerned with including or excluding words in use and disuse from the dictionary of the R.A.E. In addition to clarifying the rules on the writing of regionalisms, linguistic loans, capital letters, abbreviations, etc. Many writers ignore these rules, and they may make mistakes that were not considered mistakes before.

A fairly common case is just and alone. In theory, writing is just wrong; but many authors and writers of all kinds refuse to accept this rule and continue to publish their writings using the word labeled.