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14 Common Writing Errors

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on 10 September 2013

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14 Common Writing Errors
Question: Would you wear a stained shirt?
Answer: NO! The stain makes the shirt look bad. Grammar mistakes are like stains. They make your writing look bad.
Error #1
Spelling "a lot" as "alot"
There is no such word as alot.
Tip: a dog, a cat, a horse, a lot.
Error #2
Confusing lose with loose
Loose
Rhymes with “moose”
Adjective
Loose means: not tight
Example:
Your pants are too loose.
Error # 3
Using apostrophes to show plurals

NEVER use an apostrophe to show a plural
plural
(more than one of something)

ALWAYS use apostrophe to show possession
(Such as: John’s shoes, Carson’s pencil, Ms. Edwards’s class)

Example:

All shoe’s on sale----Incorrect!!!
Example:
I have three dogs.--- Correct!!!


Error #4
Not capitalizing "I" (referring to yourself) or the first word of each sentence.
Example
:
i
f
i
had only known that----Incorrect!

Example:

T
ell him that
I
am not interested. ---- Correct!
Error # 5
"Texting" instead of writing
Only use texting abbreviations when texting someone.

Never use texting abbreviations when writing anything else. (Such as: E-mails, letters, essays, or personal narratives.)

Example
: u shld not do this. It makes u look rly silly. CU L8R.

Error #6
Confusing Your and You're
Lose

Rhymes with “news”
verb
Lose means: you can’t find something
Example:
I hope I do not lose my keys.
Your
belongs to you
Example:
Your car is beautiful.
You're
same as you are
Example:
You’re beautiful.

Error # 7
Confusing "there", "their", and "they're"
There

• Meaning not here/ there is/are

• Example
: There are my keys!
 Their

• Belonging to them

• Example:
Their car is beautiful.
They’re

• Same as they are


Example:
They’re going with us.

Error #9
Run-on Sentence
Sentence length does not matter.

Example
: Hayden likes dogs Sandra likes cats.
Error #8
Writing non-words
There is a difference between the way we speak and write. There is nothing wrong with using slang with your friends. However, in the business world, employers and clients will expect you to use Standard English.
 There is no such word as “gotta” and “gonna”.


English plurals e
nd in “s” or “es”, not “z”.

 It is
because
not “cuz”.


All sentences
start with a capital letter and end with a punctuation mark.

Error #12
Sentence Fragments
A fragment is a part of something.
A sentence fragment, read by itself, does not really say anything and makes you think, “What?”
Every sentence needs a subject and a predicate.
Example of a sentence:
The students write wonderful notes.
Example of a fragment
: Running down the street. (no _________) Every Tuesday, Jason and Sydney. (no _________)
What about this sentence?
Take me down to the river.

Error #11
Confusing "where" and "were"
Where
Where rhymes with “air”
discussing location
Example
: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?
Error #10
Writing “would of”, “could of”, “should of”

Those are incorrect!
The correct words are:
•Would have
•Could have
•Should have

Were
Were rhymes with “fur”
past tense for “are”
Example
: I wish I were in English class
Error #14
Confusing "it's", and "its"
Its
•belongs to it

Example
: Our tree dropped its leaves late this year.
Almost finished...
If you are writing in the present, stay in the present. If you are writing in the past, stay in the past.
Example “I
saw
my cousin playing. I went up to him, and we
talked
for a long time.
past tense
present tense
past tense
It’s
•The same as it is

Example:
It’s raining outside!
When you run sentences together without using a period, you create a run-on sentence.
Example:
This is a run-on sentence you do not use a period to stop one sentence and start another it is very difficult to read this sort of writing.---- Incorrect
Example:
This is not a run-on sentence. You used a period to stop one sentence and start another. It is easier to read this sort of writing. -----Correct.
Any Questions?
Error #13
Mixing past and present tense verbs

 Example: “I
saw
my cousin playing. I went up to him, and we
talk
for a long time.
past tense
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