Common mistakes when writing College essays

Sometimes we feel we're writing everything ok, but it would be ok to look for a person to review your essay and avoid some common mistakes people generally make when writing an essay. Gramatical errors are the most common in general writing, here we show you some examples that may help you in your graduate essay writing.

The most common grammatical errors are:


- Put two sentences as one without use a coma, a period or a semicolon. This error is pretty common, and it seems invisible until it is read at loud.

Example:
  • Wrong: My brother tried to accelerate the car I stopped him before crash.
  • Right: My brother tried to accelerate the car. I stopped him before crash.
- Inappropriate use of the commas in sentences, many people put lots of them everywhere. You just have to use the commas in a couple of cases: To separate (two parts of a compound sentence) and to set off extra information.

Example:
  • My mom bought a lot of food, vegetables, fruits and beverages for the big dinner.
  • Mr. Fernandez, my math professor, is on vacations.
- Use of vague pronouns like: this, these, those and it. It is better to be more explicit and give the entire idea and not simplified with vague pronouns.

Example:
  • Wrong: Many economic problems are caused by the new governmental politics; these are the principal reasons for the high percentage of poverty in the country.
  • Right: Many economic problems are caused by the new governmental politics; the inflation and the low employment rate are the principal reasons for the high percentage of poverty in the country.

- Wrong concordance between pronouns and pronounís antecedents, pronouns must agree with their antecedents in gender and number. Some pronouns look plural, but they are singular so try to be careful and revise your paragraphs more than once.

Example:
  • Wrong: Everyone gets their ticket for free at the stadium.
  • Right: Everyone gets his/her ticket for free at the stadium.


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