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   Qualifier and Intensifier Overuse

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.

Avoid overuse of qualifiers such as fairly, basically, slightly, sort of, and intensifiers such as definitely, extremely, really, very. In the case of quite and rather, itÂ’s not even clear whether intensification or qualification is intended. The would-be thesis-clincher definitely should be banned from expository writing.

Also avoid making indefensibly sweeping statements through the use of very, always, etc.

Orson was rather fat.

Hank was slightly enraged.

Louise is quite sure of herself.

Fido is very hungry.

The drinking age should definitely be raised.

Keats always praised beauty.

Orson was fat.

Hank was enraged.

Louise is sure of herself.

Fido is famished.

The drinking age should be raised.

Keats often praised beauty.