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   Parenthetic Expression Error

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.

Use a pair of commas to set off such parenthetic expressions as a name or its equivalent in direct address; an interjection; a transitional expression (for example, I believe, in fact, on the other hand, etc.); the year in a date; the second (or succeeding) element in a place name; the abbreviations etc., i.e., and e.g.; abbreviations for academic degrees; an appositive (when not used restrictively); or a nonrestrictive clause.

Look, Ma, I’m dancing! [Direct address]

Well, your cause is, as you must know, lost. [Interjection, transition]

He died on May 1, 1953, at 99 Duke St., Weston, Idaho. [Year, place]

My finest professor, i.e., Rex Mundis, Ph.D., retired. [Abbreviations]

Moby Dick, Melville’s great novel, met mixed reviews. [Appositive]

The novel Moby Dick met mixed reviews. [Restrictive appositive]

Every senator who voted “yea” was reelected. [Restrictive clause]

Senator Bob, who voted “yea,” was reelected. [Nonrestrictive]