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Common student writing mistakes 08

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Copyright 2007. Dr. M.L. Udvardy Common Student Writing And Formatting Mistakes: Formatting : Papers with cover pages have the paper title on the cover page. Hence, do not repeat the title on the first page of the paper. Start the paper text at the TOP of page 1 of the text. Sub-headings s hould be offset by two lines from the previous section; then leave one line between the sub- heading and the beginning of the text of the next section. Grammar and syntax : Use gender neutral language , e.g., “Humanity has never seen such atrocities,” rather than “Man has never seen such atrocities.” Do not use colloquialisms in a formal paper. WRONG: “She has many kids.” CORRECT: “She has many children.” WRONG: “He’s very much into the voodoo religion.” CORRECT: “He’s very intrigued by the voodoo religion.” Do not use dangling prepositions , i.e., do not end sentences in prepositions (e.g., ‘of,’ ‘about,’ ‘with’) WRONG: “That was the friend whom you were thinking bad things about.” CORRECT: “That was the friend about whom you were thinking bad things.” WRONG: “He is the only one I have ever been in love with.” CORRECT: “He is the only one with whom I have ever been in love.” WRONG: “He’s the only person I have ever had to work under.” CORRECT: “He’s the only person under whose authority I have ever had to work.” WRONG: “These are the core founding principles that America was built on.”
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