English Writing Errors
(and Correction Symbols)
Agreement, Tense and Voice
Types of Error
(& Correction Symbols)
Examples and Related Web Pages
S-V agr 

faulty subject-verb agreement 

-- There seem to be no way for them to choose.
-- Both of them tries their best to learn it./ It always bring back the memory of my childhood.
-- The only thing that remain unchanged is my memory.
-- He run away from the palace. 
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide//Pages/SentSVAgr.html (from The UVic Writer's Guide)
http://www.richmond.edu/~writing/wweb/svagree.html(from Writer's Web)
P agr

pronoun agreement

-- Neither my husband nor other men is satisfied with his wife.  OR
-- Neither other men nor my husband is satisfied with his wife.
Neither my husband nor other men are satisfied with their wives.

Other faulty examples: 

-- Each member should mind their behavior.
--Most human beings think they should give the most part of their love to their family, some to friends, few to foreigners, and even fewer to enemies.
-- I would rather name them responsible man than workaholic because they have a strong sense of duty toward their job¡K.
-- Probably it's just a simple speech for anyone who have been to a speech contest.
¡XCrimes and tragedies will be less and less.
¡XOnce a woman marries a man, the only thing a marriage contract can promise women is a social identity and a legal inheritance.

wrong tense

-- I ran to him and cried in despair, but he sternly forbids me to shed tears.
-- I wore a black T-shirt to reflect a round silver-plated necklace which I am proud to get as a souvenir from high school.

http://web.uvic.ca/wguide//Pages/MarkTense.html (from The UVic Writer's Guide)
http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk5.html#17 (from Elements of Style)
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/grammar/perfectverb.htm (from UIUC's Grammar Handbook)
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/grammar/principalparts.htm (from UIUC's Grammar Handbook)


shift in tense 

http://writing2.richmond.edu/writing/wweb/litpres.html(from Writer's Web)


inappropriate active or passive voice 

-- A car was bought by me.

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handouts/grammar/g_vmood.html  (from OWL)
http://web.uvic.ca/wguide//Pages/SentPassiveVoice.html (from The UVic Writer's Guide)
http://www.english.uiuc.edu/cws/wworkshop/grammar/active.htm(from UIUC's Grammar Handbook)

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