Most Common Writing Errors

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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 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.
  • 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?
  • Incorrect: Liberals are deceitful, conservatives are trustworthy.
  • Correct: Liberals are deceitful; conservatives are trustworthy.