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Common Proofreading Symbols

Symbol Meaning
insert a comma
apostrophe or single
quotation mark
insert something
use double quotation marks
use a period here
delete
transpose elements
close up this space
a space needed here
begin new paragraph
no paragraph
 

2nd Chart includes symbols from above plus additional.

Symbol Meaning Example
delete
close up
delete and close up
caret
insert a space
space evenly
let stand
transpose
used to separate two or more
marks and often as a concluding
stroke at the end of an insertion
 
set farther to the left
set farther to the right
set as ligature (such as ć)
align horizontally
align vertically
broken character
indent or insert em quad space  
begin a new paragraph  
spell out
set in CAPITALS
set in SMALL CAPITALS
set in lowercase
set in italic
set in roman
set in boldface
hyphen multi-colored
en dash 1965–72
em (or long) dash Now—at last!—we know.
superscript or superior
subscript or inferior
centered
comma  
apostrophe  
period  
semicolon  
colon  
quotation marks  
parentheses  
brackets  
query to author: has this been
set as intended?
 
push down a work-up
turn over an inverted letter
wrong font