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   Number Agreement Error

30 Common Writing Errors and Their Solutions

Sentence Fragment
Run On/Comma Splice

Parenthetic Expression
Series
Comma Before Independent Clause
Semi-Colon
Colon
Punctuation at end of Quotation
Single Quote Marks
Dialogue
Titles
Possession
Its/It's
Dangling Modifier
Misplaced Modifier
Vague Pronoun Reference
Me/Like
Number Agreement
Parallel Structure
Verb Tenses
Fused Words
Spelling
Passive Voice

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

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

Compound subjects (Grace and style) take plural verb forms. Exception: “units” such as peanut butter and jelly, give and take.

Singular subjects (set) take singular verb forms despite any intervening plurals.

Singular antecedent nouns take singular pronouns. Each, either, everyone, neither, somebody, etc., are usually considered singular and so take singular verbs and pronouns. In the last example, note the use of plural form to avoid awkward he/she, his/her constructions.

What commonly stands for that which; in that case it is considered singular.

Grace and style is important to a martial artist.

This set of dishes are broken.

Each of the horses have their own way of trotting.

Every competitor must submit their weapon for inspection before they fence.

What stimulate our interest are rich plots with surprising twists.

Grace and style are important to a martial artist.

This set of dishes is broken.

Each of the horses has its own way of trotting.

All competitors must submit their weapons for inspection before they fence. [Best]

What stimulates our interest is rich plots with surprising twists.