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Dr. Gault’s Current Pet Peeves. By proofreading better, it will raise my grade. Proofreading better will raise my grade. (Omit “By … it …”). Dr. Gault is one professor that cares about proofreading. Dr. Gault is one professor who cares about proofreading.

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Dr. Gault’s Current Pet Peeves


  • By proofreading better, it will raise my grade.


  • Proofreading better will raise my grade.

    (Omit “By … it …”)


  • Dr. Gault is one professor that cares about proofreading.


  • Dr. Gault is one professor who cares about proofreading.

  • Use “that” with objects; use “who “ for people or for God. (preferred modern usage)


  • Less calories

  • Less people

  • Less books

  • Less countable objects


  • Fewer calories

  • Fewer people

  • Fewer books

  • Fewer countable objects


  • On a day-to day basis

  • On an hourly basis

  • On a regular basis

  • On an any-kind-whatsoever basis


  • Yearly

  • Monthly

  • Weekly

  • Daily

  • Hourly

  • Monthly

  • Regularly


  • I would have loved to go to the party last Saturday but I was at my cousin’s wedding.


  • I would have loved to go to the party last Saturday, but I was at my cousin’s wedding.


  • In our next assignment we have to interview three classmates and get inside their mind.


  • In our next assignment we have to interview three classmates and get inside their minds.


  • When you walk into my dorm room the first thing you notice is that my roommate stinks.


  • When a person walks into my dorm room, the first thing he or she notices is that my roommate stinks.Better:

  • When people walk into my dorm room, the first thing they notice is that my roommate stinks.


  • Because I had the flu, so I was absent from class.


  • Because I had the flu, I was absent from class.

  • I had the flu, so I was absent from class.

  • I was absent from class because I had the flu.

    (The comma here could be omitted, because the sentence is so short, and there would be no pause in natural reading.)


  • While I was walking to class across the lawn they said they would be there but they weren’t there so I went on to class without them.


  • I was supposed to meet my friends on the lawn, but they didn’t show up, so I went on to class without them.

    (Twisted grammar)


  • My first reaction to the topic of universal healthcare is that it is socialist, but then I read an article by Jim Wallis, and I came to see that it is a Biblical ideal.


  • My first reaction to the topic of universal healthcare was that it was (“is” would be okay)socialist, but then I read an article by Jim Wallis and came to see that it is a Biblical ideal.

  • (Talking about a current issue)


  • Wallis believed that all citizens should have access to healthcare, regardless of his ability to pay. Glenn Beck, on the other hand, holds that any step towards universal healthcare was a step towards communism.


  • Wallis believes that all citizens should have access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay; Beck, on the other hand, holds that any step towards universal healthcare is a step towards communism.

  • Parallelism, if this is the first reference to both writers: Jim Wallis and Glenn Beck or Wallis and Beck. Possible exceptions: Clinton, Bush, or others where there could be confusion.

  • Parallelism of verbs – use the present tense here, as both writers are alive, and this is a very current debate.

  • Parallelism or consistency of number – citizens … their

  • Optional semicolon. Period okay as well.


  • I really enjoy teaching Persuasive Writingbut there are so many papers to grade and I have trouble getting them all graded


  • I really enjoy teaching Persuasive Writing, but I have trouble getting all the papers graded.

  • I love teaching writing, but hate grading papers.

  • Parallelism and wordiness


You tell me the problem:

  • Every student should be able to go to their own doctor.


  • Every student should be able to go to his or her own doctor.

  • (Assuming that each student has one primary doctor.)

  • All students should be able to go to their own doctors.


  • Let’s review


  • I check my email on a day to day basis.


  • My wife Debbie, is a music teacher.


  • My wife used to be a good baseball player but since her surgery and all the antibiotics her knees and achilles tendon can’t handle it.

  • (3 problems)


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