Difference between revisions of "Most Common Writing Errors"

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(hmm I am dubious about this one also, but all right. Lets get the subject verb agreement right so as to not distract.)
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*mismatch between a pronoun and its antecedent:
 
*mismatch between a pronoun and its antecedent:
:*''Incorrect'': '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''they''' was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
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:*''Incorrect'': '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''they''' were too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
 
:*''Correct'': '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''he''' was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space. ''If female:'' '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''she''' was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
 
:*''Correct'': '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''he''' was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space. ''If female:'' '''Someone''' parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because '''she''' was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
  

Revision as of 02:40, 26 January 2013

Here is a growing list of the most common writing errors:

  • mismatch between a pronoun and its antecedent:
  • Incorrect: Someone parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because they were too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
  • Correct: Someone parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because he was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space. If female: Someone parked a car in the "no-parking zone" simply because she was too lazy to walk from a legitimate parking space.
  • ending a sentence with a preposition:
  • Incorrect: Whom are you going to the football game with?
  • Correct: With whom are you going to the football game?