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Osceola Writing Center

The Most Common Writing Errors

After reading many, many papers here at the Osceola Writing Center, our writing consultants have come up with a list of the most common errors they see on a daily basis. If you are revising your paper or you want to learn what not to do before you write, this is probably the best place to start. Once you get through these basics, take a look at some of the other writing-related resources we have.

Common Errors

Basic MLA Formatting

Citing / Plagiarism

Academic Language

Incomplete Thesis Statements (or no thesis)

Comma Splices

Run-on / Fused Sentences

General Comma Usage

Qualified & Absolute Statements

Missing Explanation or Support

Inconsistent Verb Tense

Subject-Verb Agreement

Incomplete / Non-existent Topic Sentences


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