Editing Exercises

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Editing Exercises

As English has established itself as a global language, it is more necessary than ever to be thorough with its fundamental concepts as well as reading, speaking and writing skills. One of such skills includes content editing skills. These skills are polished through Editing exercises that students undergo during their school education. Working on your editing skills can help you master the intricacies of this language and also prove to be helpful in many competitive exams in later career. So, through this blog, we are bringing you a worksheet of Editing exercises and helpful tips on how to solve them.

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What are Editing Exercises?

Editing exercises are included in English workbooks in schools to build a good grammatical foundation in students, preparing them for formal communication by developing sentence structuring and editing skills. Editing exercises generally comprise a short passage which is divided into small sentences. Each of these sentences has a misfitting phrase or word which requires editing. Students are supposed to identify and rectify the error, following the process throughout the passage.

Editing exercises can help you:

  • Build a habit of proofreading your written content efficiently and cover all aspects of errors.
  • Improves writing skills by giving snippets of content with errors in them, thus ensuring minimal errors when you try writing yourself.
  • Strengthen your grasp over English which can help in avoiding errors in both spoken and written communication.

Editing Exercises with Answers

To guide you beyond simple tips and tricks, here are some solved practice questions on editing. In the given passages, there are incorrect phrases and words which require correction. Identify the mistakes correctly and replace them with the best possible alternative. 

Q1: Take a look at the following passage and the incorrect and correct words:

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Banana is an popular fruit andana
An important part to our diet today.toof
It originally belonged in South Asiainto
Region where it using to grow wildusingused
In the forests. In the years, proper selectioninwith
Yield the edible banana.yieldyielded

Q2: For this editing exercise, go through the passage with each incorrect sentence:

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Facebook, with more then 1 Billion usersthenthan
Is celebrated its 10th birthday this year.celebratedcelebrating
The company was launching by Marklaunchinglaunched
Zuckerberg at 4th February 2004. The site was aton
Conceived in a Harvard dorm in a wayinas
To connect student and let them build anstudentstudents
Identity for himself onlinehimselfthemselves

Practice Editing Questions

After demonstrating some solved editing questions, it is your turn to put the concepts into practice. Here are some editing exercises to help you practice and familiarise with the topic:

Q1: Solve the following passage by highlighting the incorrect phrase and mentioning the correct phrase in the next column.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Paper were first made by the Egyptians_______________
From the plant names papyrus. For _______________
the long time, papyrus was used extensively_______________
as writing material before a Chinese_______________
perfected the processes. Demand of paper_______________
growing with the advent of books worldwide. _______________

Q2: Find the incorrect phrases in this paragraph and put them in the columns:

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Children are fond to mango. It is a_______________
juicy or citrous fruit, available in_______________
much varieties. Mangoes grow on a _______________
tree over tropical and temperate climate. _______________
One of the best place to have good mangoes_______________
was Andhra Pradesh, India_______________

Q3: Locate the incorrect words in the following paragraph and add them to the columns with correct words.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Ones there was a King who_______________
Thought only to himself._______________
He only talked about her own charms _______________
and conquests in a court all day._______________
He wants people to believe his tales_______________
and talk about his great to everyone._______________

While practicing these editing exercises, don’t forget to check out Omission Exercises!

Q4: Solve the incorrect words in the following passage.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
I had to went out despite the _______________
Heavy rain outside to got some medicine._______________
Although the symptoms was not as_______________
Pronounced as they were at the morning,_______________
the doctor had instructs me to _______________
be regular with mine dosage._______________

Q5: Find the incorrect words and their corrections and add them to the corresponding columns.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Commonwealth golds medalist Heena Kumari_______________
used to watch her uncle repairs all kinds_______________
Of guns in her neighbourhood and development_______________
a fancy for it. When she picks up shooting_______________
In 2006, her family did not thinks that she could_______________
Represent the country or win the medal, but she_______________
proven everyone wrong with her skills. _______________

Q6: Find the incorrect words in the passage and correct them

PassageIncorrectCorrect
It is true that a natural disaster was a natural process __________________
and we cannot stop it, but through making certain preparations, __________________
we can reduce the magnitude of the loss to life or property. __________________
First of all, we would reduce global warming which is the __________________
root cause from all the problems. We should __________________
also have insurance policies such that we have__________________
sufficient money to rebuilt our lives after any such disaster.__________________

Q7: Solve the incorrect words in the following passage.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Although Martin Luther is considered to being an icon __________________
for racial equal, his work exceeds far beyond that.__________________
As a pastor, he worked to human betterment, irrespective __________________
of colour or creed. He believed in a word of the lord __________________
and implemented his virtues like kindness on his daily activities.__________________

Q8: Find the wrong words in the passage and correct them.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Electricity is express by the amount of charge__________________
flowing through the particular area in unit time. Electricity__________________
is a necessity to modern civilization. It have invaded our__________________
lives or has become vital to many aspects of our society. __________________
It is a medium for the transmission to signals in computers, __________________
cell phones etc. In industries, manufacturing rely on electricity__________________
for drive virtually all moving parts.__________________

Done with all the editing exercises? Want more questions to practice? Well, in this case, you need to purchase a good grammar practice book which covers this topic comprehensively. Read our blog on English grammar books to know more!

Q9: Identify mistakes in the passage and correct them.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Discipline is a structural and fundamental unit __________________
of a success person. It is essential for us at home, __________________
for soldiers on the battlefield, for students at school, for __________________
players in the playground. A team of experience players __________________
can also lose a match because to indiscipline in the team. __________________
Every tough battle can be win by a disciplined army.__________________

Q10: Locate errors in the passage and rectify them.

PassageIncorrectCorrect
Books help us knew more about our civilization. __________________
Through books, we come in contact to great scholars,__________________
poets and philosophers. Book never misguide us.__________________
They help us in building their character. By reading __________________
books, our knowledge is elevated. If us are __________________
on a long journey, books gave us good company. __________________
Everyone, therefore, should develop the habit to reading books.__________________

Answers of Editing Exercises

Q1

IncorrectCorrect
WereWas
NamesNamed
TheA
AThe
processesProcess
GrowingGrew

Q2. 

IncorrectCorrect
ToOf
OrAnd
TheA
MuchMany
OverIn
PlacePlaces
WasIs

Q3

IncorrectCorrect
OnesOnce
ToAbout
HerHis
AThe
WantsWanted
GreatGreatness

Q4

IncorrectCorrect
WentGo
GotGet
WasWere
AtIn
InstructsInstructed
MineMy

Q5

IncorrectCorrect
GoldsGold
RepairsRepair
DevelopmentDeveloped
PicksPicked
ThinksThink
TheA
ProvenProved

Q6

IncorrectCorrect
wasis
throughby
orand
wouldshould
fromof
suchso
rebuiltrebuild

Q7

IncorrectCorrect
beingbe
equalequality
tofor
athe
onin

Q8

IncorrectCorrect
expressexpressed
thea
have has
orand
toof
relyrelies
For to

Q9

IncorrectCorrect
The 
successsuccessful 
atin
experienceexperienced
becausedue
winwon

Q10

IncorrectCorrect
knewknow
towith
bookbooks
theirour
uswe
gavegive
toof

How to Solve Editing Exercises?

Solving editing exercises requires basic lingual skills, with an awareness of sentence structuring and articulation. However, there are a few tips that can really help you out in answering editing questions quickly while checking all the boxes of grammar. Here are some of them:

  • Subject-verb agreement is paramount in editing exercises. If the verb and subject do not indicate similarity as singular/plural, there is an error.
  • Focus on sentence punctuation more as it would help you in determining the correct use of proverbs and conjunctions, also keeping in check the coordinating conjunctions. The apostrophe is one of the most crucial punctuations in editing.
  • Make sure that the tenses are in line throughout the passage. In case there is a discrepancy, make sure you edit the singular anomaly instead of correcting tenses in every sentence as it has very high chances of being wrong.
  • Try reading the passage backwards too. Sometimes, it is hard to anticipate mistakes when editing while reading from top to bottom. Reading it in reverse makes the text unpredictable and helps the brain isolate every sentence, bringing out the minor mistakes.
  • Errors in articles are frequent in editing exercises and are easy to comprehend. Just remember the vowel and special subject rule.
  • Check the noun and pronoun agreement throughout the text. There may be different number errors between the two or the pronoun used may be completely incorrect.

Hence, this article encapsulates the basic knowledge related to Editing exercises and how to solve them. Editing exercises are not only included in the school curriculum but can also help you prepare for English proficiency tests like IELTS and TOEFL. If you are aiming to appear for IELTS or TOEFL, sign up for our Leverage Live online classes and avail dedicated doubt clearing sessions, best-in-class study materials, and tips and tricks to achieve your dream score!

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