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If I want to say I just quickly check a paragraph of text and didn't find typo, but the checking is quick and not careful or thorough. What is a good verb for that?

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I would suggest Cursorily. It means Performed with haste and scant attention to detail

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For a verb, consider skim

to read (a book) in a superficial or cursory manner

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I can't think of a single verb that adequately says all that you wrote in your original question. If you were expected to check for typos, I suggest saying it explicitly to avoid assumptions on the part of the person you're addressing: "I scanned the paragraph and didn't see any typos." (More formally: "I took a cursory look at the paragraph and didn't notice any typos.")

See a definition of "scan" here: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/scan?s=t (I'm new to this site and didn't post the definition for IP reasons; please let me know if this is a problem.)

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Skim is good, but does not necessarily imply any checking. I usually say something like, I gave it a once-over.

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