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Using our Word template, you can annotate student work, adding comments for the 30 Common Errors listed in this style guide. The template facilitates mark up by teachers, and generates comments with links to these resource pages!

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30 Common Writing Errors and Their Solutions

Sentence Fragment
Run On/Comma Splice

Parenthetic Expression
Comma Before Independent Clause
Punctuation at end of Quotation
Single Quote Marks
Dangling Modifier
Misplaced Modifier
Vague Pronoun Reference
Number Agreement
Parallel Structure
Verb Tenses
Fused Words
Passive Voice

Negative Form
Choppy Sentences
Qualifiers and Intensifiers
Vague, Stilted or Flowery Language

This listing of 30 common writing errors was compiled by The Pingry School and is used with permission.

Titles of books, magazines, newspapers, plays, films, CDs, etc., are italicized. (Underline instead only if you are writing by hand; the two are equivalent.) Titles of sub-units within these works — articles, short stories, chapters, poems, essays, songs, etc. — are placed in quotation marks.

Do not use commas to set off titles. Do not underline, italicize, or use quotation marks to set off the title at the head of your own work (e.g., poem, story, paper).

Capitalize first and last words of a title as well as all nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, no matter how short.

Howl appears in Ginsberg’s Collected Poems.

”Born to Be Wild” can be heard in “Easy Rider” and “Steppenwolf’s Greatest Hits.”

“Self-Reliance,” first appeared in the journal, The Dial, and was reprinted in Emerson’s, Collected Essays.

“The Cormorant in its Element”

How not to be Fooled

“Howl” appears in Ginsberg’s Collected Poems.

“Born to Be Wild” can be heard in Easy Rider and Steppenwolf’s Greatest Hits.

“Self-Reliance” first appeared in the journal The Dial and was reprinted in Emerson’s Collected Essays.

“The Cormorant in Its Element”

How Not to Be Fooled