Top 10 Writing Mistakes
- 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”.
Correct: Write a five paragraph essay
- Sentence fragments: a sentence that is missing a subject which is the thing doing the action or the verb which is the action
Looking for a lost wallet.
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.
- Comma splicing: when a comma is used to connect two clauses when those sentences can be sentences on their own.
- Comma misuse (inside a compound subject)
Correct: My mother and father went to dinner.
- Wordiness: a sentence is wordy if there are more than necessary words.
- No commas around interrupters: interrupters break the flow of a sentences so insert a comma around interrupters.
Correct: It was, fortunately, the beginning of the movie.
- No comma after an introductory phrase: the comma is optional if the introductory phrase is short. An introductory phrase is some background information.
- Subject-verb agreement: “Singular subjects take singular verbs and plural subjects take plural verbs”
Correct: Tom and Ashley like jazz music.
- Squinting modifiers: a word, phrase or clause that can modify the word after it or the word before it.
Correct: Teams that rarely practice lose OR: Teams that practice lose rarely.