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Revision Symbols-1. The following symbols are most commonly used by instructors in marking written work. Most of the symbols are keyed to pages where the problem is discussed. ab or abbr abbreviations, 134-43 adj adjectives, 147-51 adv adverbs, 151-54 agr agreement, 155-63

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revision symbols 1
Revision Symbols-1

The following symbols are most commonly used by instructors in marking written work. Most of the symbols are keyed to pages where the problem is discussed.

ab or abbr abbreviations, 134-43

adj adjectives, 147-51

adv adverbs, 151-54

agr agreement, 155-63

appr inappropriate word or phrase, 501

awk awkward construction

cap capital letters, 187-94

case case, 195-98

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Revision Symbols-2

cit citation form, 54-58, 81-84, 94-95, 118

coh coherence, 13, 204-06

coord coordination, 237

cs comma splice, 217-18

d diction (word choice), 501

dev inadequate development, 353-54, 383-86

dm dangling modifier, 241

emph emphasis, 263-66

exact inexact word choice, 235-36, 501

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Revision Symbols-3

frag sentence fragment, 439-41

fs fused (run-on) sentence, 436

hyph hyphen, 296-98

id idiom, 299-300

inc incomplete comparison, 303

ital italics (underlining), 321-23

jarg jargon, 325

lc lowercase letters, 187-94

mixed mixed construction, 356

mm misplaced modifier, 354-56

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Revision Symbols-4

ms manuscript form, 53, 68-70, 91-92, 109-10, 124-25, 394-50

nonst nonstandard usage, 266, 366

num faulty use of numbers, 372-74

pass ineffective passive voice, 145, 394-95

pn agr pronoun-antecedent agreement, 155-56, 169

ref pronoun reference, 414-15

rep repetition, 227-28, 431

ro run-on (fused) sentence, 436

shift inappropriate shift, 446-47

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Revision Symbols-5

sp spelling, 451-60

sub subordination, 464-65

s-v agr subject-verb agreement, 158-63

t verb tense, 470-72, 493-94

trans transition needed, 479-82

und underline (italicize), 321-23

usage usage (Look up particular word)

var sentence variety, 443-445

vb verb error, 491-92

w wordy, 227-31

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Revision Symbols-6

ww wrong word, 501 and index

X obvious error

?? illegible or unclear

¶or par new paragraph, 381-88

no ¶no paragraph needed, 381-88

// faulty parallelism, 388-89

^insert (something missing)

# add space

p punctuation, 314-15

[ ] brackets, 184, 426

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Revision Symbols-7

: colon, 207-10

- dash, 241-42

… ellipses point, 260-61

! exclamation point, 272-73

( ) parentheses, 391-92

. or period, 397-98

? question mark, 421

“ ” quotation marks, 421-24

; semicolon, 437-39

/ slash, 449-50