Test Your Proofreading Skills

Here it is! Think you know how to proofread a transcript? Now is your chance to find out. Just remember, it’s the small details that make a big difference.

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Think you found everything? Want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt?

Now you won’t have to guess. Take the next step toward a better transcript. After all, it’s your name on it.

Are You In Need of a Transcript Proofreader?

Welcome!

I’ve created this website in the hopes that I can help court reporters in need of a transcript proofreader. I have taken and completed the Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice course at proofreadanywhere.com which includes over three thousand pages of real court transcripts.

My rates

  • Forty cents a page for normal turnaround (two to three business days).
  • Fifty cents a page for rush jobs (less than two business days).
  • For excessive errors throughout the majority of the transcript, there will be an additional charge of ten cents a page.

If possible, I kindly ask that you inform me of a rush job as soon as possible. Send me all pages that are ready to be proofread even if you are still working on the transcript so that I can return it to you that much sooner.

What If We’re Not a Good Match?

Grammar, and by extension, proofreading, will always be hotly debated. If you don’t believe me, just Google “Oxford comma” and see what pops up. There is a lot of gray area that exists in the English language. Style guides don’t all agree on the same rules, and the English language is always evolving, so some rules will change while others do not.

With that in mind, you may not agree with changes I suggest or with the style guide I use. For that reason, I will do the first fifteen pages of a transcript free of charge for new court reporters.

Why Should I Choose You?

Even though I am not a court reporter, I understand the pressure that a court reporter experiences every time they’re behind their steno machines. All of the preparation they put in often isn’t appreciated or even acknowledged. I’m more than willing to adjust my style to fit a court reporter’s preference. Simple mistakes often slip by simply because lawyers are talking over each other or because litigants don’t speak up enough or have a thick accent.

Please feel free to contact me at mattvillegasproofreader@gmail.com should you have any questions.

I look forward to working with you!

Subject and Subject Compliment

A subject is a person or thing performing an action or being described. Keep in mind the subject will always be a noun or pronoun. In the sentence, “I went running,” I (a pronoun) is the subject; the verb being performed is running.

A subject complement is a noun, pronoun, or adjective that follows a linking verb. Becomeseem, and any form of the verb “be” are all true linking verb; that is, they will always be linking verbs. Verbs such as feel, look, and grow can be linking or action verbs. Ask yourself it this is something the person or thing (the subject) can do. If the answer is yes, you have an action verb. You can also substitute the verb in question with am, is, or are. If the sentence makes logical sense, you’re dealing with a linking verb. If the sentence doesn’t make logical sense, you’re dealing with an action verb.

That said, knowing the function of the verb is a guaranteed way of knowing what kind of verb you have. With the word “appear” for example, the substitution does not work and is an action that can be done.

Look at the following sentence: “The transcript appeared on my desk just hours after the deposition ended.” In this instance, “appeared” is describing where the transcript is physically at after the deposition. Remember, linking verbs do not express action, so something physically happening to the transcript rules out “appeared” being a linking verb here. Linking verbs also connect the subject of the verb to additional information about the subject. If there are more than one subject and verb in a sentence, focus only on the subject and verb pair that go together.

“The transcript appeared to be littered with technical medical jargon.” Here, “appeared” is linking the subject, the transcript, to what kind of information is in it, which is medical. No physical action is being talked about, even if the act of reading the transcript is physically doing something. Keep in mind that when punctuating a sentence, you can only go based off what is written.

The next topic will be about direct objects, indirect objects, and objects of preposition.