Editing Tips

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EXAMPLES OF COMMON ERRORS IN MANUSCRIPTS


• Incorrect: The young man was
effected by the alcohol and unable to affect a three-point turn.
• Correct: The young man was
affected by the alcohol and unable to effect a three-point turn.
• Incorrect:
There unlikely to find they’re shoes over their.
• Correct:
They’re unlikely to find their shoes over there.
• Incorrect: I
wander how long its been there.
• Correct: I
wonder how long it’s been there.
• Incorrect: There were plenty of ships in the
harbor to form the guard of honor. (correct in US English)
• Correct: There were plenty of ships in the
harbour to form the guard of honour.
• Incorrect: At first I
didnt’recognize him and then I realized it was Annie’s brother. (last two correct in US English)
• Correct: At first I
didn’t recognise him and then I realised it was Annie’s brother.
• Incorrect:
“I saw your mother at the shops’. She said.
• Correct:
‘I saw your mother at the shops,’ she said.
• Incorrect: ‘What did you bring for the picnic? I
bought sandwiches I made at home.’
• Correct: ‘What did you bring for the picnic? I
brought sandwiches I made at home.’

 

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