- A rewritten phrase or clause with the word “being” in it is almost always wrong.
- Shorter versions of rewritten grammar are usually the correct answers. If in doubt, choose the shortest or second shortest answer.
- Hard to spot run-on sentences often have a comma in the middle of the sentence followed by a subject pronoun. The comma needs to be a period, or a semicolon. Or you need to put a coordinating conjunction after the comma.
- If you have one dash, you need two dashes unless the sentence ends where the second dash would be.
- In lists or series, the important words must be the same part of speech such as all nouns, all verbs, all infinitives, or all gerunds.
- “It’s” means it is. “Its” means something belongs to it. Its’ is not a word.
- “They’re” means they are. “Their” means something belongs to them. “There” means over there or that something exists. All three begin with “the.” Thier is not a word.
- Commas come before coordinating conjunctions, not after unless what follows the conjunction is nonessential information.
- Third person singular verbs (the kind you use with “he,” “she,” or “it” as the subject) in the present tense end in an “s.”
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