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Common Grammar Errors. Emily Heady, Ph.D. Director, Graduate Writing Center. Basic Sentence-Level Errors. Syntactical Errors Affect/Effect, Compliment/Complement, They’re/Their/There, It’s/Its/Its’, etc. S-V Agreement Each of the boys are going to college. Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

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common grammar errors

Common Grammar Errors

Emily Heady, Ph.D.

Director, Graduate Writing Center

basic sentence level errors
Basic Sentence-Level Errors
  • Syntactical Errors
    • Affect/Effect, Compliment/Complement, They’re/Their/There, It’s/Its/Its’, etc.
  • S-V Agreement
    • Each of the boys are going to college.
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
    • Each student had their books.
  • Fragments and Run-ons
mid level sentence level errors
Mid-Level Sentence-level Errors
  • Modification Errors
    • Bored in Convo, the new podium caught my attention.
  • Parallel Structure Errors
    • I told him that he must not only complete his work, but I also said he should check it over.
  • Misused punctuation, especially apostrophes, quotation marks, and commas
high level grammar errors
High-level Grammar Errors
  • Covert fragments and/or run-ons (especially long fragments and run-ons created with comma splices)
  • Unnecessarily split infinitives
  • Unnecessary passive voice
grading for grammar
Grading for Grammar
  • Gauge the student’s ability level before you start marking (especially important for ESL students).
  • Do not proofread!
  • Distinguish typos from real errors.
  • Learn the names of common errors.
  • Develop a consistent marking symbol system.
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  • Focus on errors that harm clarity.
  • Isolate patterns of error (label up to three patterns per paper).
  • Follow up on your previous comments; hold students accountable.
  • Provide worksheets if necessary.
  • Remember: Grammar is the suit that papers wear to an interview.
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