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Only suggest rewrites.

As an editor, I would never actually rewrite anything just because of structure or style—unless it was explicitly requested. (For example, an ESL manuscript where the author has asked that the language be corrected as necessary.)

I would made edits to grammar, and I would query the need for any rewrites—leaving them up to the author to make the actual revisions. (I might revise a single word, even if was not strictly necessary, if I thought it was particularly needed—but I would attach a query to that change.)

I don't think it should be in the purview of an editor to act like a ghost writer. (Unless that's agreed upon by everyone involved.) But, as stated in the article, everybody approaches these things differently.

Jason Bassford 226 days ago

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