Editing and Proofreading: Identify errors

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  • EDITING/PROOFREADINGIdentifying Common Mistakes

  • FIND THE ERRORS1. Jane went to work and helped her boss finish a project and it had a lot of problems but came out well.a. Jane went to work and helped her boss finish a project, which had a lot of problems but came out well. b. Jane went to work and helped her boss finish a project. It had a lot of problems but came out well. If more than one S+V+O group is used, they must be added using: A colon, semi-colon, or a connector (and, or, but, so, for, yet), or a relative clause pronoun (who, that, which, whose, where, when)

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  • 2. My friend, who is a priest and who works in the rural areas of my country.My friend who is a priest and who works in the rural areas of my country, often works in the city as well. FRAGMENTEach sentence must have an implied subject and verb to be a complete sentence. 3. I lived here since 1992.I have lived here since 1992. Each verb must agree with the time frame or time word in the sentence.

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  • 4. Scientists at MIT discovered a new life form last year. They published their research in "The Journal of Biology. Others are questioning the validity of their work. TENSE UNITY Each verb must agree with the general time frame in the context . 5. The pilotwas caused the accident.The accident caused by the pilot/The accident was caused by the pilot. PASSIVE: the obj. of an active V. becomes the S. of a passive V: the S. is the receiver of the action. Others have been questioning...

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  • 6. The number of students in community colleges are increasing.The number of students in community colleges is increasing. The verb must agree in number with the subject noun. 7. Every one of the students have to carry their books in their backpacks. (2 versions)a. Every one of the students has to carry his books in his backpack.b. All the students have to carry their books in their backpacks. Nouns and pronouns must agree within each sentence.

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  • 8. We saw the White House and the Buckingham Palace on our two trips last year.We saw the White House and Buckingham Palace on our two trips last year. Every noun needs to be considered for article use. Ask yourself if the noun is countable or uncountable. Is the noun definite (already identified by earlier mention, later mention, shared knowledge, or uniqueness), or is the noun indefinite. 9. I parked my car on the parking lot and couldn't find it later.IN the parking lot and later I couldnt find it. Although some rules cover prepositions, most of them must be learned as individual expressions.

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  • 10. The hotel acommodations were very luxurious.ACCOMMODATIONS Spelling11. She gave to me her class notesa. She gave me her class notes. b. She gave her class notes to me. Give/Show/Send s.o. s.t. / Give/Show/Send s.t. TO s.o.12. I expect to seeing him today.I expect TO SEE him today.13. My friend also attends to Stanford University.My friend also attends Stanford (without TO)

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  • 14. I will study there during the Fall semester.fallNo Capitalization15. I am attending college, because I want to improve my English.I am attending college becauseNo Comma16. He was trying looking important to everyone. He was trying trying TO look important17. When my mother was child, she lived in small town.When my mother was A child

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  • 18. Now, this town is big city with tall building & many highway.BUILDINGS/ HIGHWAYS 19. English has borrowed quite a few of word from another languages.WORDS from OTHER languages. 20. There is many student from differents countries in my class.There ARE21. Hundred of athlete take part in the Olympics.HUNDREDS of ATHLETES22. Almost all of the house in the town are white with red roof.all of the HOUSESred ROOFS.

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  • 23. Education is one of the most important aspect of life.ONE of the most important ASPECTS 24. Knowledges about many different things help us live fuller lives.KNOWLEDGEHELPS us25. All of the students names were on the list.STUDENTS' names 26. I live in a four rooms apartment.a FOUR-ROOM apartment.27. A lot of people prefer to live in small towns.Sentence is correct.

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  • 28. They do not want to move to another places to find works.to find WORK/JOBS. 29. Todays news is just as bad as yesterdays news.TODAYSYESTERDAYS30. One of the member of our class speak more than five language.One of the MEMBERS of our class SPEAKS 31. The instructor gave us several homework to hand in next Tuesday.SEVERAL ASSIGNMENTS/A LOT OF HOMEWORK

  • 32. Both of my mother and father are teacher's.BOTH my mother and father are TEACHERS. 33. Every employees in our company respect the former president.Every employee RESPECTS 34. A child needs to learn how to get along with another people.OTHER people. 35. A child also needs to know how to depend on yourself . depend on HIMSELF.

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    *23. Education is one of the most important aspect of life.*23. Education is one of the most important aspect of life.*