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Proofreaders read printed copy, also called proofs, to find and mark errors. Sometimes proofreaders compare proofs to the original copy and mark any differences they find. In that type of proofreading, they may employ someone else to read the original copy aloud while they compare the proofs.
In another proofreading method, proofreaders read the copy without anything to compare it to. They mark errors in grammar, spelling and punctuation. In both cases, copy is marked with standard proofreader marks.