Friday, June 18, 2010

Top Twenty essay Mistakes

 The Most Common mistakes  make by TOEFL Students. Each mistakes is linked to examples and the 'correct way' to write the offending passage. To help you better understand the conventions of academic and professional writing, we have identified the twenty error patterns most common among U.S. college students
and  list them here.

1. Vague pronoun reference
2. Missing comma in a compound sentences.
3. Wrong word
4.  Missing comma after introductory element
5. Wrong verb ending
6. Missing comma(s) with a nonrestrictive element
7. Wrong or missing preposition
8. Comma splice
9. Missing or misplaced possessive apostrophe
10. Unnecessary shift in tense
11. Unnecessary shift in pronoun
12. Sentence fragment
13. Wrong tense or verb form
14. Lack of subject-verb agreement
15. Missing comma in a series
16. Lack of agreement between pronoun and antecedent
17. Unnecessary comma(s) with a restrictive element
18. Fused sentence
19. Misplaced or dangling modifier
20. Its/It's confusion

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