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Study Skills / Common Writing Errors

The ten items below comprise the most common errors in student writing. The pages refer to the appropriate sections in The Skidmore Guide to Writing, which you will find most useful in developing successful writing strategies.

1. Sentence fragments, comma splices (run-ons), p. 20
2. Noun-pronoun agreement, p. 21
3. Semi-colon use, p. 27
4. Possessives, p. 28
5. It's/its, p. 29
6. Who's/whose, p. 29
7. Punctuation with quotations, p. 32
8. Contextualizing and citing quotations, pp. 82-89
9. Vagueness, p. 39
10. Awkwardness, p. 39
11. Poor word choice, p. 12, 14-15, 40
12. Wordiness, pp. 12, 14, 16, 40-41.

ŠAugust 2000 Skidmore College Department of Classics
 Created and Maintained by Alexander Carballo '01
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