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WRITING TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PAPER * I. Common Grammatical Errors Noun-verb mismatch, also known as subject verb agreement "A herd (singular) of horses are (plural) better than a flock of sheep." Here, the writer has incorrectly linked the verb to the descriptor (“horses”) rather than to the noun (“herd”). The correct sentence should read : “A herd of horses is better than a flock of sheep.” Adjective used as adverb , "I did good in this course." The word “good” is an adjective in that it describes the quality of something. It is not an verb, which is supposed to be an “action” word. The correct sentence should read: “I did well in this course.” Split infinitive "I urge you to not support this Bill." When reading this question, ask yourself what the writer is urging the reader to do. The answer is, “not support this bill.” This makes no sense. When the sentence is worded “ I urge you not to support this Bill ,” we know that the writer is urging the reader, “to not support this bill.” This makes sense. Unclear antecedent "We need to stop dumping waste into the environment which kills the fish.” Notice that the sentence can be interpreted in at least two different ways. First, it may be that the dumping of waste is killing the fish. Second, it may be that the environment is killing the fish. This is easily fixed: “ To stop killing the fish, we need to stop dumping waste into the environment.” Dangling participle/preposition "This is something we need to work on". Dangling prepositions: “Try to avoid using a preposition to end a sentence with .” Common prepositions * Compiled and edited by Jarret Lovell from the following sources: Johns, Lauren L. (2003).
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