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bad: JK Rowling, a British novelist, whose fame as an innovator in the field of fantasy may come to equal that of JRR Tolkien.

Fragments/Incomplete Sentences
good: JK Rowling is a British novelist whose fame as an innovator in the field of fantasy may come to equal that of JRR Tolkien.

Bad: Many students work after school and on weekends, consequently they do not have much
time for homework.

Run-on Sentences (Comma-splices)
Good: Many students work after school and on weekends so they do not have much time for
homework.

Bad: Each of the tests are numbered.

Lack of Agreement between the subject and verb
Good: Each of the tests is numbered.

Bad: Everyone needs their notebook for tomorrow.

Lack of Agreement between the pronoun and its antecedent
Good: Everyone needs his notebook for tomorrow.
*-----------any, anybody, anyone, each, either, every, everybody, everyone, neither, nobody, no one, somebody, someone are always singular pronouns

Bad: After I worked for a month, I asked for a day off.

Wrong Tense
Good: After I had worked for a month, I asked for a day off.
*----------esp. past tense and past perfect tense

Bad: If I was president, things would be different.

Misuse of the Subjunctive Mood (contrary to fact)
Good: If I were president, things would be different.

Bad: Joe is taller than the other kids in his class.
Bad: I wonder which vacation place is best: Hawaii or the Bahamas?

Incorrect Comparison of Adjectives
Good: Joe is taller than any other kid in his class.
Good: I wonder which vacation place is better: Hawaii or the Bahamas?

Bad: I did good on my test
Bad: I feel badly about the accident.

Misuse of Adjectives & Adverbs (linking verb)
Good: I did well on my test.
Good: I feel bad about the accident.

Bad: Driving along the highway, the mountain came into view.
Bad: Returning to Brophy after nearly 25 years, the campus seemed much more beautiful.

Dangling Participles
Good: Driving along the highway, I saw the mountain.
Good: Returning to Brophy after nearly 25 years, the alum thought the campus seemed much more beautiful.

Bad: I like fishing, sailing and golf

Lack of Parallelism
Good: I like fishing, sailing and golfing.

Bad: The principle reason he left his job was its low pay.

Word Choice/Diction (the wrong word or the wrong form of the word)
Good: The principal reason he left his job was its low pay.

Bad: Anyone who is conversant about car engines can tell what's wrong with yours.

Idiomatic Usage
Good: Anyone who is conversant with car engines can tell what's wrong with yours.

Bad: You should come with Mike and I when we hike down into the Grand Canyon.

Wrong Case
Good: You should come with Mike and me when we hike down into the Grand Canyon.

Bad: You took the SAT review and your scores improved.

Subordination
Good: Since you took the SAT review, your scores have improved.

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