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   Verb Tense 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.

Use present tense for plot summary and literary analysis, past tense for historical events. In plot summary, use perfect tense (have shared) for antecedent action; use past tense (died, freed) for indirect discourse.

After Huck thinks about the good times he and Jim have shared on the river, he tore up the letter.

Before he went west, Twain serves in the Army of the Confederacy.

After Huck thinks about the good times he and Jim have shared on the river, he tears up the letter.

Before he went west, Twain served in the Army of the Confederacy.