The Writing Center @ The University of Wisconsin - Madison

Twelve Common Errors

Use this checklist as a list of reminders while you are editing your paper.

  1. Sentence fragments
  2. Sentence sprawl
  3. Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  4. Faulty parallelism
  5. Unclear pronoun reference
  6. Incorrect pronoun case
  7. Omitted commas
  8. Superfluous commas
  9. Comma splices
  10. Apostrophe errors
  11. Words easily confused
  12. Misspellings

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This list includes only brief examples and explanations intended for you to use as reminders while you are editing your papers. If you would like to learn more, consider the following options: