Common Errors

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Common Errors

  1. 1. Common Writing Mistakes<br />Areas for improvement<br />
  2. 2. Correct This (3 errors)<br />I said to rob that I was gunna go to the shop’s.<br />I said to Rob that I was going to go to the shops.<br />
  3. 3. Informal language<br />Do not use informal words such as “wanna” and “gunna”.<br />Use “want to” and “going to” instead.<br />Informal words can be used in direct speech only.<br />Even then, use them rarely.<br />
  4. 4. Profanity<br />Adult fiction writers sometimes use profanity effectively in their writing.<br />Profanity has no place in your school writing.<br />
  5. 5. Correct This (2 errors)<br />After the movie we went out for a couple of pizza’s.<br />After the movie, we went out for a couple of pizzas.<br />
  6. 6. Commas After a Dependant Clause<br />When you start a sentence with a condition, you need a comma before the main clause.<br />Generally, the comma goes before the subject.<br />When in doubt, read it and listen for the pause.<br />
  7. 7. Correct This (4 errors)<br />After 2 years the police dog’s were fully trained<br />After two years, the police dogs were fully trained.<br />
  8. 8. Numbers<br />Write numbers under 101 as words.<br />I will be gone for 2 days.<br />I will be gone for two days.<br />Numerals can be used for scores and complex numbers.<br />Pi is 3.14<br />We won the game, 80 – 62 points.<br />
  9. 9. Finish Your Stories<br />You should be writing a complete story in fifteen minutes.<br />Have a strong opening sentence.<br />Have a strong and clear concluding sentence.<br />
  10. 10. Too Short<br />All of you should be writing at least a page.<br />You will need to write at this speed to complete either VCE or VCAL at Year 11.<br />
  11. 11. Correct This (6 errors)<br />I went down the street too see Jack james and peter, we were going to the movie’s.<br />I went down the street to see Jack, James and Peter. We were going to the movies.<br />
  12. 12. Capital Letters<br />Start sentences with capital letters.<br />All words in a name start with capital letters.<br />Do not write in mixed caps.<br /> I went to the MoVieS.<br />This is not cute.<br />It makes you look illiterate.<br />
  13. 13. Correct This (4 errors)<br />We past there house alot on the way to School.<br />We passed their house a lot on the way to school.<br />
  14. 14. Commonly Confused Words<br />Past – earlier in time<br />Passed – past tense of “to pass”<br />There – over there<br />Their – belonging to them<br />They’re – short for “they are”<br />Alot – not a word.<br />A lot – the two words you want to write.<br />
  15. 15. Correct This (4 errors)<br />Indiana went 2 the park, she loves it their.<br />Indiana went to the park. She loves it there.<br />
  16. 16. Comma Splice<br />A comma is not used to join two sentences.<br />Use a semi-colon, a comma and a conjunction, or just make it two sentences.<br />
  17. 17. Correct This (5 errors)<br />Vlad asked too borrow Ivans car but Ivans car was to broken to drive.<br />Vlad asked to borrow Ivan’s car, but Ivan’s car was too broken to drive.<br />
  18. 18. Missing Apostrophes<br />When a noun is possessive, it needs an apostrophe.<br />Sam’s tractor.<br />Sally’s jet.<br />Possessive pronouns are already possessive and don’t need an apostrophe.<br />His tractor.<br />Her jet.<br />
  19. 19. Apostrophes and Words Finishing With S<br />There is some disagreement here.<br />Some people just put an apostrophe.<br />Bess’ jet.<br />Some put the S as well.<br />Bess’s jet.<br />As a rule, if you say it, there write it.<br />Bess’s jet<br />Next weeks’ work.<br />
  20. 20. Correct This (6 errors)<br />I went to the shop’s to by tomato’s, pears peaches and a bag of potatoe’s.<br />I went to the shops to buy tomatoes, pears, peaches and a bag of potatoes.<br />
  21. 21. Extra Apostrophes<br />Most plurals do not need a apostrophe.<br />It is optional for acronyms and where it would be confusing without one.<br />I bought some DVD’s and CD’s.<br />I had seven A’s in my Scrabble rack.<br />
  22. 22. Correct This (4 errors)<br />Before teaching I worked at Telstra and I really enjoyed it because it was well paid and I liked playing with all the gadgets.<br />Before teaching, I worked at Telstra, and I really enjoyed it. It was well paid, and I liked playing with all the gadgets.<br />
  23. 23. Run on sentences<br />A main clause has a subject and a predicate.<br />A predicate is what happened to the subject.<br />You can join two of these together but not more.<br />I went to the shops, then I had lunch, and I am really tired. (Three main clauses)<br />I went to the shops, then I had lunch. I am really tired. <br />
  24. 24. Correct This (4 errors)<br />He’s going to say he didn’t wanna go and won’t change his mind.<br />He is going to say that he did not want to go and will not change his mind.<br />
  25. 25. Contractions<br />In formal writing, do not use contractions like won’t and don’t.<br />Use the full words, “will not” and “do not” instead.<br />You can use contractions in direct speech, but don’t overdo it.<br />
  26. 26. Spelling<br />When it doubt, check a dictionary.<br />Carry a dictionary.<br />Paperback.<br />iPod/iPhone.<br />Mobile phone.<br />

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