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ENG 1103: Nine Basic Writing Errors, Part II

This morning in class, as part of your blog response assignment, you will look for instances of the nine basic writing errors as you read your classmate’s analysis.

The authors of your textbook, Writing Analytically, identify these as the nine basic writing errors:

  • Sentence Fragments
  • Comma splices and fused (run-on) sentences
  • Errors in subject-verb agreement
  • Shifts in sentence structure (faulty predication)
  • Errors in pronoun reference
  • Misplaced modifiers and dangling participles
  • Errors in using possessive apostrophes
  • Comma errors
  • Spelling/diction errors that interfere with meaning (341-60).

Next Up

You will turn to Writing Analytically again in class on Wednesday when you compose your midterm reflection. In your refelection, you will quote one relevant passage from the textbook, which may be a passage devoted to analysis (4-7), to writing longhand versus writing on a computer (124-25), to one of the nine basic writing errors (341-59), or to another passage pertinent to your work in the course.

Work Cited

Rosenwasser, David and Jill Stephen. “Nine Basic Writing Errors (BWEs) and How to Fix Them.” Writing Analytically, 8th edition. Wadsworth/Cengage, 2019. pp. 341-60.