Writer's Help Exercises
(Errors in formation of the verb phrase except for tense markings)
|Verb quick help|
Verb forms and tenses
Present vs. past participles (-ing vs. -ed)
Subject-verb (number) agreement
|Subject-verb agreement quick help|
|Article quick help|
articles and types of nouns
Using articles 1
Using articles 2
(Incorrect use of idioms, using informal words, collocational problems)
prepositions and idiomatic expressions
(Using a wrong part of speech)
Technology cannot behave as powerful as the traditional teaching method all the time, combining both could make our teaching-and-learning system much more effective.
FB: You can’t join two complete sentences (independent clauses) using comma alone. You should add a conjunction word in addition to the comma. (“,” -> “,so”)
One stereo type is that the Islamic religion treats women very badly. Which is not true.
FB: This is not a complete sentence, which can’t stand alone with a period. Connect it to the previous sentence with a comma (-> “One stereo type is that the Islamic religion treats women very badly, which is not true”)
Alumnus Max Abramovitz an architect of New York City’s Lincoln Center designed Krannert Center.
FB: You need to enclose this phrase in commas because it’s a break within a sentence that supplements and adds information to the subject. Refer to Punctuation handout
(Missing object, verb, subject, relative pronouns, complementizer, etc – this could also be categorized as sentence structure problem)
The advantages of preventing are bigger than disadvantages.
FB: Preventing WHAT? You’re missing an object.
I have received a lot of complements.
FB: Check the spelling (-> compliments)
Cloning is an awesome technology.
FB: This is informal. Use more formal, specific word (e.g., beneficial, useful)