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Proofreading Symbols. What Not to do in MLA Style. Extra spaces Bold titles, or anything in bold Titles in caps Different fonts or font sizes Incorrect references: (p. 137) Overuse of quotation marks or italics Misuse of dashes Names of centuries in numbers: 21 st

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what not to do in mla style
What Not to do in MLA Style
  • Extra spaces
  • Bold titles, or anything in bold
  • Titles in caps
  • Different fonts or font sizes
  • Incorrect references: (p. 137)
  • Overuse of quotation marks or italics
  • Misuse of dashes
  • Names of centuries in numbers: 21st
  • Dates: 25th October, 2007 or Nov. 6th, 2007
  • Incorrect headers, such as: Name-1-
homonyms which witch is which
HomonymsWhich Witch is Which
  • There, their, and they’re
  • Your, you’re (and yore, for that matter)
  • Two, too, and to
  • Were, we’re
  • Then, than (not really a homonym, but close enough to confuse)
simple mistakes
Simple Mistakes
  • “Being such rare opportunities, I am proud . . .”
  • “Most people have at one point or another in their lives have felt ‘othered.’”
  • “. . . my lessons books . . .”
  • “The jokes lose their humor when they told hours later.”
  • “I have spoke in English.”
  • “I had spoke . . .”
  • “In the society you and me belong to . . .”
  • “The need to have ones values . . .”
verb conjugations
Verb conjugations

Mistakes I have found:

“I find myself struggling with exchanges, which separates me from the majority.”

“There is an endless amount of expectations to fulfill.”

“Many get good marks in school and therefore is stereotyped as a nerd or a geek.”

“The buildings has to be kept clean.”

unclear referents
Unclear referents

“It is believed . . .”

“It is especially hard to find this when you’re in an environment where it is already handed to you by numerous people.”

Pronoun agreement

“It is hard for one to know every single detail attached to their culture.”

“Like any young person who is growing into who they are going to be, they struggle with their own identity.”

“People do not expect someone to spend all of their time . . .”

semicolons
Semicolons

“What this means is basically any time when a person feels as though he or she does not belong; like the majority of individuals present are of a totally different group than himself.”

“I believe the causes for this are twofold; one because . . .” (a semicolon is not a colon)

Cranking the engine

“For me being a teenager I feel . . .”

“I, myself . . .”

Lacking clarity

“. . . are propagating exactly what they are discriminating towards me for.”

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