Top 10 Writing Mistakes

  1. Spelling mistake: Many spelling mistakes occur when incorrect homophones are used in a sentence. Homophones are words with the same pronunciation like: “right”, “rite” and “write” or “seem and “seam”.
Incorrect: Rite a five paragraph essay

Correct: Write a five paragraph essay

  1. Sentence fragments: a sentence that is missing a subject which is the thing doing the action or the verb which is the action
Before we finish our homework.
Looking for a lost wallet.
  1. Run-on sentences; a coordinating conjunction connects “two clauses that can be a sentence on their own”. They can be placed between words, clauses, phrases, or sentences. The most common conjunctions can be remembered with the acronym FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so. 
    Run-on: The professor instructed the class to break into groups so we did.
    Revised sentence: The professor instructed the class to break into groups, so we did.
  2. Comma splicing: when a comma is used to connect two clauses when those sentences can be sentences on their own. 
The three girls hiked to the top of the hills, none of them were tired.
  1. Comma misuse (inside a compound subject)
Incorrect: My mother, and father, went to dinner.
Correct: My mother and father went to dinner.
  1. Wordiness: a sentence is wordy if there are more than necessary words. 
  2. No commas around interrupters: interrupters break the flow of a sentences so insert a comma around interrupters.
Incorrect: It was fortunately the beginning of the movie.
Correct: It was, fortunately, the beginning of the movie. 
  1. No comma after an introductory phrase: the comma is optional if the introductory phrase is short. An introductory phrase is some background information. 
  2. Subject-verb agreement: “Singular subjects take singular verbs and plural subjects take plural verbs”
Incorrect: Tom and Ashley likes jazz music.
Correct: Tom and Ashley like jazz music. 
  1. Squinting modifiers: a word, phrase or clause that can modify the word after it or the word before it.
Incorrect: Teams that practice lose.
Correct: Teams that rarely practice lose OR: Teams that practice lose rarely.