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Complete List of Errors

1

Comma error

2

Pronoun error

3

Spelling error (including homophone)

4

Wrong word

5

Capitalization error

6

Missing word

7

Sentence boundary error

8

Unnecessary words

9

Quotation mark error

10

Unnecessary tense shift

11

Apostrophe error

12

Hyphen error

13

Subject-verb agreement

14

Idiomatic error

15

Period error (tie)

15

Subject and object agreement (tie)

17

Verb errors (wrong/missing inflected ending; wrong/missing auxiliary)

18

Modifier problem

19

Underlining/italicizing error

20

Faulty parallelism

21

Semicolon error

22

Colon error (tie)

22

Question mark error (tie)

24 Dash error
25

Double negative (tie)

25

Transposition error (tie)

27

Parentheses error (tie)

27

Other (disconnected e hanging in middle of sentence)

Note that these errors are ranked according to the total number of times they appeared in the entire sample of student writing. An alternate method of ranking would be to indicate what percentage of papers contained each type of error.

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