Common Errors

 

MLA Style

1. In-text citations

2. Works Cited entries

                a. Print

                b. Electronic

3. Paper format

4. Punctuation

 

Researching: Using and Evaluating Sources

10. Reliability of sources

11. Integrating quotations (See also this link)

12. Common vs uncommon knowledge

13. Plagiarism

 

Composing an Essay

20. Thesis statement

21. Sentence development

22. Paragraph development

23. Organization

24. Logical fallacies

25. Opposing views

26. Proofreading

27. Transitions


Writing Style

40. Sentence variety

41. Repetition

42. Parallelism

43. Appropriate language

44. Effective words and phrases

45. Conciseness

46. Avoid clichés

47. Avoid idioms

48. Wrong word

49. Active / passive voice

 

Grammar

60. Sentence fragments

61. Comma splices and fused sentences

62. Subject-verb agreement

63. Pronoun-antecedent agreement

64. Pronoun reference

65. Verb tenses

66. Double negatives

67. Misplaced or dangling modifiers

68. Mixed construction

69. Who vs That

70. Plural noun forms

71. Wrong or missing verb ending

72. Auxiliary verbs (will/would)

 

Punctuation/mechanics

79. Comma error

80. Commas

81. Semicolons

82. Apostrophes

83. Quotation marks

84. End punctuation

85. Dashes

86. Capitalization

87. Italics/underlining

88. Abbreviations

89. Numbers

90. Spelling

91. Ellipsis

92. Exclamation point

93. Colons

 

100. Common bugs in writing

 

 

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