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Common Paper Writing Mistakes Continued: Five More Basic Errors

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In a previous post, I outlined simple mistakes that are made with startling frequency in college papers. Well, that didn’t cover nearly all of the basic flubs I’ve seen over the years.

For some, this will come as new information; for others, this will be an example of a crotchety old man yelling at the ocean. Considering that I’ve often said that I’m basically a twenty-something octogenarian, I’m okay with the characterization.

Here’s the rundown of an extra five errors. Continue reading

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Grammar: Your Friend, The Comma

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When I first started this website, I didn’t think I’d be writing many– if any– posts about grammar. Then… well, I thought about papers my students and classmates had me review. One thing became abundantly clear: people have no idea how to use commas.

Fear not. I use commas all the time, and I’ll clear up any confusion surrounding the matter. Continue reading

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