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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!

   Cliché

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.

Trite phrases poison vigorous language. They substitute dead words for the living experience you wish to convey. Clichés may be used in the dialogue of vapid speakers, but such characters rarely stay interesting for long.

last but not least, needless to say, old as the hills, on a silver platter, pleasantly plump, quick as a flash, quick as lightning, raining cats and dogs, scared to death, seemed like an eternity, short but sweet, slow as molasses, smiling from ear to ear, thin as a rail, time of his life, without further ado, wouldn’t hurt a fly