The grammar and style errors listed below can mean the difference between an “A” and a “C” or a “B” and a “D” or worse. You should take the time to reacquaint yourself with some rules of writing. Specifically, The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
1. Do not get side-tracked. If onions are the most consumed vegetable in the world, why are fire engines red?
2. Avoid starting sentences with a non-specific pronoun. It is not a good way to begin.
3. Prepositions are words you should not end sentences with. (click here for a list of common prepositions)
4. Avoid clichés like the plague. Now ain't that the pot calling the kettle black.
5. Keep away from ampersands & abbreviations, etc. within the body of the text.
6. Parenthetical remarks are unnecessary (and should be avoided).
7. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8. Contractions shouldn't appear in your paper.
9. Foreign words and phrases are not apropos or chic.
10. Like most people, one should never generalize.
11. Eliminate quotations. As Mark Twain once said: ''Quoting the witticisms of others only shows the lack of quotable wit.”
12. Comparisons are as bad as clichés.
13. Do not be redundant; do not use more words than necessary; it is very excessive.
14. Profanity sucks.
15. Be more or less specific.
16. Understatement is always best.
17. Exaggeration is a million times worse than understatement.
18. Can I use one-word sentences? No.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be avoided.
21. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid jargon or gibberish.
22 Who needs rhetorical questions?
23 Be careful to use apostrophe's correctly.
24. Do not use them pronouns as modifiers.
25. And never start a sentence with a conjunction.
or will not get you very far.
1. The participants were 8 predominantly women
undergraduate students at Valdosta State University.
2. This inferiority is due to the societal expectations and the negative stereotypes used towards the elderly.
3. All of these past findings helps relate to the purpose of this study being conducted.
4. Their experiment is a good example of the cultural has about the elderly.
5. When we do see the elderly being active citizen, we categorizing them as falling outside the norming.
6. One description was a description of a 75 year old man and the other description was of elderly women.
7. This insignificance may be due to the fact that the ideologies pertaining to older persons is changing.
8. Clothes are getting more outrageous and health clubs are popping up on every corner.
9. So was true in this study.
10. It is also common knowledge among those of us within the field of psychology that the use of deceit in psychological research is widespread.
11. Researchers Timothy C. Brock and Lee Alan Becker of Ohio
were the first to address this issue in 1966 in their
article titled Debriefing and
12. It did have an effect if the experimenters were similar in nature.
13. This idea that performance-contingent rewards are being
than suggests that basing pay on performance will produce
more motivation to
14. Approximately 85 per cent...
15. Theses researchers...
16. Also, the study including finding out if males were more attracted to tall attractive females or short attractive females.
17. A growing idea of research is on physical attractiveness
and the effects it has on jobs and living.
18. This could possibly indicate that society generally views
attractive individuals as credible people, and unattractive individuals
as incredible people.
19. Psychology often deals with the psychology of why people
are the way they are due to the psychology of nature and nurture.
20. After the first day, the teacher came back to the
classroom and taught all of the students in an equal manor.
21. In example, greater intimacy can lead to greater passion,
and greater passion can lead to a greater commitment.
22. Participants ranged from 18 to 32 with a mean of 14 and a
standard deviation of 2.87.
23. The results from the present study did not support the
predications that participants would rate natural hair as being more
attractive and approachable then
24. If the student refused to participant, they were
thanked and not bother again.
25. The survey proved to be more validate than reliable.
26. The Effects of Dressed Victims Caused by Rape
27. Students ranged in age from 18 to 47 with a mean age
of 20.95 and a slandered deviation of 3.583.
28. All the students who I ask were told . . .
29. I then told the student to read instructions at the
top of each page and complete what it said.
30. The dependent variable of likeliness to help was
measure on a 7 point scale from . . .
31. . . . the student studying for the test tomorrow,
does not want to wast their time helping some else do their homework
when they should have started it earlier
32. In other words, neither gender nor race plays a
factor on who is more prop ne to odors. It all depends on the
person and how the interpret the odor.
33. For example, a woman's scent of smell is suppose to
smell florist and sweet, whereas men's scents of smell are supposed to
smell like sweat and whisky
34. After the participant study for five minutes, I will
spray the fragrant (vanilla or lavender) over he or she head and then
pass out the memory test for he or she to
35. After spraying the fragrant, participants completed
a memory test.
36. In other words, a certain race or gender is not
propone to a certain odor.
37. After the participant takes the test, I put their
results in a folder.
38. . . . a new scale was created given a cursor search
yielded no results.
39. All the participants were over the age of 18.
The ages ranged in age from 18 to 58 . . .
40. The participants were 140 male (n = 140) and 139 female (n = 139) students conveniently
selected from Valdosta State Univeristy.
Most word processing programs come standard with a spell
is a wonderful tool for writing. However, a downside of the spell
is it encourages laziness in the writer. For example, you finish
a term paper and run spell check to look for mistakes. When there
spelling errors, you figure that the paper is fine and you turn it in
proof-reading it. Proof reading is just as important as checking
but takes much longer which is why most students do not proof-read
papers. Can you decipher the poem below?
Writer’s Handbook – 12 Common Errors
SoYouWanna Avoid Common Writing Errors
Serendipity – Common Errors
Common Errors in English
The Elements of Style: William Strunk, Jr.