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Student Writing GuideCompiled by Dr. Peter JohnstonTWENTY MOST COMMON ERRORS FOUND IN STUDENT PAPERSRanked in order of frequency, with sentences containing example errors and correctionsAdapted from the Santa Barbara City College Writing Centre1.Wrong word (spellcheck will miss things like this):Error: Pleaseexceptmy apology.Correction: Pleaseacceptmy apology.2.Spelling (use spellcheck):Error: We were happy to recieve your job position announcement.Correction: We were happy to receive your job position announcement.3.Missing word:Error: The writing process more complicated than most people think.Correction: The writing processismore complicated than most people think.4.Unnecessary comma:Error: Research has found, that procrastination is not an effective time-managementstrategy.Correction: Research has found that procrastination is not an effective time-managementstrategy.5.Missing comma in a compound sentence:Error: “You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff and then gradually you getbetter at it.” –Octavia ButlerCorrection: “You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then graduallyyou get better at it.” –Octavia Butler6.Missing comma after an introductory element:Error: While I typed my brother used headphones to listen to music.Correction: While I typed, my brother used headphones to listen to music.7.Faulty sentence structure:Error: It was hard for me to get started even though I’m glad I doing it.Correction: Even though it was hard for me to get started, I’m glad I did.8.Unnecessary or missing apostrophe (including its/it’s):Error: Its a wise dog that scratches it’s own fleasCorrection: It’s a wise dog that scratches its own fleas9.Unnecessary shift in verb tense:Error: Welearnthings better when westruggledto learn them.Correction: Welearnthings better when westruggleto learn them.Pageof116
10. Vague pronoun reference ( it isn’t clear what a pronoun refers to, or it could refer tomore than one thing):Error: Some students think their first draft is their last draft, which can cause frustration.Correction: Some students think their first draft is their last draft, a belief that can causefrustration.11. Missing comma(s) with a non-essential element:Error: Bird by Bird a book by Anne Lamott is an excellent source of encouragement forwriters.Correction: Bird by Bird, a book by Anne Lamott, is an excellent source ofencouragement for writers.12. Sentence fragment:Error: I would rather be somewhere quiet. If I need to be able to think.Correction: I would rather be somewhere quiet if I need to be able to think.13. Run-on sentence:Error: Most mistakes in English cannot be committed in speech they can only be made inwriting.

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