A Request for Help -- share errors that drive you nuts!

Help Build a Writing Errors Database

Several participants indicated in their survey responses that they'd like help with the 'mechanics' of writing. This is the one request that I haven't been able to fulfill on my own, so I'm turning to the wisdom of the group. What I'm asking is that you take a moment to share the writing errors that you see often in students' papers as well in other sources that you read.  

Link to collaborative Google Doc -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/12nuvd_IwSFRMfDkUgohUrRELwbGWoUbJH4mtm52u3D0/edit

What to include

  • sentence structure issues -- run-on sentence or comma splice, sentence fragment, subject-verb agreement, pronoun-antecent agreement, dangling modifiers, problems with parallel structure ...
  • punctuation problems -- 'Oxford' comma, incorrectly placed apostrophes ...
  • word choice mistakes
  • whatever else that comes under the heading of syntax, grammar, or mechanics (as opposed to organization or paragraph structure)
How to write this up

  • Please provide an example and its 'fix'. If you want to add an explanation or an easy way to test for this error, that would be helpful.
  •  If you've used content from an online source, please provide the link. 
  • Don't worry about the format. I will organize all contributions into a Google Slides presentation and will send out the link after the week concludes. 
If you have questions instead of answers ...

  • this would be a great place to ask them. Include an example with a brief explanation of what confuses you.


Last modified: Thursday, 29 November 2018, 6:32 PM