A short proofreading exercise.
This week, I’ve put together a little proofreading exercise for you. It’s a very brief summary of the early years of William Blake’s life. Set your beady eyes to work and see if you can spot the errors and issues. As with all proofreading activities, I strongly recommend you print this out and read from a hard copy. You can just cut and paste the paragraphs below into your word-processing application.
William Blake was born in 1757 in Soho, London. In 1772, he became an apprentice engraver under the tutelage of James Basire. At the end of this seven-year apprenticeship, Blake became a student at the Royal Academy, where he studied for six years. During this time, he became friends with the artists John Flaxman, Thomas Stothard and George Cumberland, and married Catherine Boucher.
There are only two errors here.
Well done if you spotted both errors.
See you next time.
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