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The Proofreading Exercise: Solution

You can thank author Mike Sellars for this exercise.

Did you spot out three howlers?

That's right, the first mistake was in the opening paragraph. The sentence that reads, 'For this reason, all responsible dog owners plan ahead, to make sure wherever there going provides adequate provisions for their beloved pet', should read, 'For this reason, all responsible dog owners plan ahead, to make sure wherever they're going provides adequate provisions for their beloved pet'.

The second mistake is tucked away in the seventh paragraph. 'Luckily, there are a number of very simple things you can do to reduce the risk to you're pet' should read 'Luckily, there are a number of very simple things you can do to reduce the risk to your pet'.

And the third error is deliberately concealed in the final paragraph. Were you beginning to think you'd missed it? 'But, as always, prevention is better then cure. Keep your pet out of the heat wherever possible' should, of course, read, 'But, as always, prevention is better than cure. Keep your pet out of the heat wherever possible'. If you successfully completed this proofreading exercise, congratulations! You may have what it takes to become a proofreader.

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