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Sentence FragmentsDon't use phrases or clauses as standalone sentences. A full sentence always includes a subject and verb. (helpful resource: http://community.copypress.com/avoiding-sentence-fragments/)
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Run-on SentencesAvoid using run-on sentences and lenghty sentence structures. A run-on sentence occurs when a single sentence contains two complete sentences without proper punctuation. You must use a conjunction or proper punctuation to join them. (helpful resource: http://community.copypress.com/how-to-fix-run-on-sentences/)
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Too Many Long SentencesYou used quite a few sentences that would be more clear if you broke them down. Stick with succinct sentences that only present one idea at a time. (helpful resource: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/572/01/)
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Hyphens vs. Em-dashesDon't use a hyphen (-) where you should use an em-dash (-- or —). An em-dash is used to indicate added emphasis or an abrupt change in thought. A hyphen is used to connect two or more words acting as one adjective (well-written paragraph, easy-to-remember phone number, 50-year-old man). (helpful resource: http://community.copypress.com/weekly-writing-tips-how-to-use-dashes-and-hyphens)
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Not Using Serial CommaUse a serial/Oxford/Harvard comma in a series (red, orange, and yellow).
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Comma OveruseBe careful about overusing commas. Review this resource on proper comma use to help prevent future problems: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/02/.
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Misplaced ModifiersBe careful not to separate a word or phrase from the word it describes. (helpful resource: http://www.towson.edu/ows/moduledangling.htm & http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/modifiers.htm)
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Shifting Verb TenseKeep verb tense consistent throughout a sentence.
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Typos/Spelling MistakesThere were some careless mistakes in your article. Always run spell check and closely read through your final draft to catch errors.
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SemicolonsWatch out for misusing semicolons. When in doubt, use a comma instead or form two standalone sentences. (helpful resource: http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/Semicolons.html)
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Possessives ending in 's'If you are showing possession for a singular noun ending in the letter s, you must add an apostrophe and an additional s to be correct. Correct: "Thomas's book" Incorrect: "your business' critical and valuable packages"
Correct: "your business's critical and valuable packages"
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CapitalizationCapitalize names, proper nouns, and composition titles (movies, books, songs, etc.). (helpful resource: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/592/1/)
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Subject-verb Agreement and/or Verb TenseAlways make sure that your subject and verb agree. When a subject and verb agree, the correct form of the verb is used based on the number, tense, and perspective of the subject. (helpful resource: http://community.copypress.com/weekly-writing-tips-subject-verb-agreement/)
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