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Fillers

Having overly wordy sentences is a common issue for many writers. Wordiness can be problematic, as having too many words in your writing could distract your readers from understanding the main idea it is supposed to convey.Below is an example of an overly ...

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Using the Wrong Vowels II

Students also commonly misspell words that have two consecutive vowels. One of the most common spelling errors occurs when students are unsure if the word should contain ie or ei – for instance, if the word should be spelled “receive” or “recieve”. When o ...

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Using the Wrong Vowels

Another type of spelling error can occur due to the incorrect use of vowels in a word – “grammer” and “grammar”, for example. Such spelling errors can occur because the way a student verbally pronounces a word may not directly correspond with how the word ...

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Run-On Sentences

Comma Splices In contrast to sentence fragments, run-on sentences contain two or more clauses that could be separated to stand independently on their own, rather than being crammed into a single sentence. One of the common ways in which run-on sente ...

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Sentence Fragments II

Let's refer back to the sentence we looked at last week: Tirelessly toiling on his project, as he believes that hard work ultimately pays off. In addition, the line “as he believes that hard work ultimately pays off” is also a fragment because it begin ...

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Sentence Fragments

A sentence fragment is a string of words that may appear to be a complete sentence, but lacks either a subject or a verb, or even both, and thus fails to stand on its own as a full sentence. Sometimes, lengthily descriptive sentence fragments can deceivin ...

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Word Choice

Students may also use similar-looking words interchangeably, due to these words containing the same root words. Examples of such words include oversight and foresight, as well as careless and carefree. However, they should be careful in assuming the meani ...