Grammatical errors that bear mentioning again.
Some seem like common sense, however, writers continue to make the same mistakes. I’ve listed a few of them below:
- Mixing tense. This error is common.
- Using too many dialogue tags, e.g., he said, she said, particularly when only two people are speaking.
- Clichés—avoid them. You can program MS Word to catch them by using the Help menu.
- Eliminate the word, that, whenever you can. And don’t use “it” and “thing,” they’re too vague.
- It’s TV or television, but not T.V.
- ID or identification, but not I.D.
- These words at the beginning of a sentence do not require a comma:
- These words do require a comma:
- For example,
- For instance,
- British spellings are often different from American: