Top 10 Grammar Mistakes to Avoid. Mistake #1: Not using Standard edited English and a professional tone. We don’t always use correct grammar when we speak
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DON’T WRITE HOW YOU TALK!
Cut 25% of the fluff
Let’s eat children!
How to fix run-ons:
Use a period (make it two sentences)
My friends went to the party. They didn’t wait for me.
Use a semi-colon
My friends went to the party; they didn’t wait for me.
Use a comma and FANBOY word.
My friends went to the party, but they didn’t wait for me.
Make one clause dependent on the other.
My friends went to the party since they didn’t want to wait for me.
Since my friends didn’t want to wait for me, they went to the party.
In either case, two or more independent clauses run together without correct punctuation to separate them.
A sentence fragment begins with a capital letter and ends with a period (or question mark or exclamation point), but does not contain an independent clause--consequently, it does not make sense on its own.
How to correct fragments:
You have the entire dictionary at your disposal. Don’t use the same words over and over. Expand your vocabulary!
The more you read, the better you write. Be sure to look up words you don’t know the definition of or don’t know how to spell!