Can You Identify the Errors In These Sentences?

By: Becky

Can You Identify the Errors In These Sentences?
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Interestingly, the spoken language does not contain punctuation, spelling or capitalization, but it does contain grammar. Although we might posit that the lack of punctuation, capitalization and spelling in the spoken word accounts for the frustrating abundance of these types of errors in the written language, we'd be ignoring the fact that grammar errors are just as common as the other three types of errors. Since this is the case, we must assume that writing in the English language must be difficult.

Under the general umbrella of grammar, common errors in written English include problems with voice, sentence fragments and misplaced modifiers, to name but a few.

Although your PC spellcheck program can - and does - catch many errors, there are others that these programs just can't identify. For instance, in the sentence, "The dog wagged it's tail," the word it's is a real word, and spellcheck might not catch it. However, the correct sentence should be "The dog wagged its tail." You see, the word "it's" is a contraction that combines the words "it" and "is." The error here is that the original sentence would read, "The dog wagged it is tail." See the problem?

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She prefers white whine.
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "She prefers white wine."
Punctuation
Grammar
Capitalization

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I bought three things; a shirt, a dress and a suit.
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "I bought three things: a shirt, a dress and a suit.
Spelling
Grammar
Capitalization

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The boy's are going to school tomorrow.
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The boys are going to school tomorrow."
Capitalization
Spelling
Grammar

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He wore a blue suite.
Spelling
This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "He wore a blue suit."
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization

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She told the dog to go lye down.
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "She told the dog to go lie down."
Grammar
Capitalization
Punctuation

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She sang a russian song.
Punctuation
Spelling
Grammar
Capitalization
This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "She sang a Russian song."

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She went to the store: then she went home.
Spelling
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "She went to the store, then she went home."
Grammar
Capitalization

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He through out the winning ticket.
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "He threw out the winning ticket."

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An important part of my life have been my kids.
Spelling
Punctuation
Capitalization
Grammar
This sentence has a grammar error. The sentence should be "An important part of my life has been my kids."

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The police were at the seen of the crime.
Capitalization
Grammar
Spelling
There is a spelling error in this sentence. The sentence should be "The police were at the scene of the crime."
Punctuation

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The two best things about school was the classes and the teachers.
Grammar
This sentence contains a grammar error. The sentence should be "The two best things about school were the classes and the teachers.
Spelling
Punctuation
Capitalization

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The principle went on vacation.
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization
Spelling
This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "The principal went on vacation."

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I went to the store but it was closed so I went home.
Spelling
Grammar
Capitalization
Punctuation
This sentence is missing some punctuation. The sentence should be "I went to the store, but it was closed, so I went home."

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I've got to brake that habit.
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "I've got to break that habit."
Grammar
Capitalizaiton
Punctuation

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The cats are in there house.
Spelling
This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "The cats are in their house."
Punctuation
Capitalization
Grammar

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He gave his mother an expensive gift. In spite of everything.
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
The sentences contain punctuation errors, including a sentence fragment. The sentence should be "He gave his mother an expensive gift, in spite of everything."
Capitalization

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He sailed on the titanic.
Spelling
Capitalization
This sentence has a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He sailed on the Titanic."
Grammar
Punctuation

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She attended the juilliard school of music.
Spelling
Grammar
Capitalization
This sentence has capitalization errors. The sentence should be "She attended the Juilliard School of Music.
Punctuation

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Frank went too work.
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Frank went to work."
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization

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He fought in the revolutionary war.
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization
This sentence contains capitalization errors. The sentence should be "He fought in the Revolutionary War.

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Grab the bull by the horne.
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Grab the bull by the horns."
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization

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While walking to school, Joan fund a sparkly girl's watch.
Grammar
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "While walking to school, Joan found a sparkly girl's watch."
Punctuation
Capitalization

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The capital of Ohio is cincinnati.
Capitalization
This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "The capital of Ohio is Cincinnati.
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation

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The cat ate it's dinner.
Grammar
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The cat ate its dinner."
Spelling
Capitalization

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He ordered a coke.
Capitalization
This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He ordered a Coke."
Punctuation
Grammar
Spelling

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Nancy gives good advise.
Capitalization
Punctuation
Grammar
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Nancy gives good advice."

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He climbed mount Everest.
Capitalization
This sentence has a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He climbed Mount Everest."
Spelling
Punctuation
Grammar

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Carrie went to school and then she went home.
Grammar
Spelling
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "Carrie went to school, and then she went home.
Capitalization

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The car costs $100, I am going to buy it.
Spelling
Capitalization
Punctuation
This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The car costs $100, and I am going to buy it. Alternatively, the original sentence could be split into two sentences.
Grammar

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The car is all your's.
Punctuation
This sentence contains a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The car is all yours."
Grammar
Spelling
Capitalization

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A panda eats, shoots and leaves.
Punctuation
This is a punctuation error. As written, it means that a panda eats, a panda shoots and a panda leaves. The sentence should be "A panda eats shoots and leaves."
Spelling
Grammar
Capitalization

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The pink shirt and the grey pants compliment each other.
Grammar
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "The pink shirt and the grey pants complement each other."
Capitalization
Punctuation

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The test score had no affect on her grade.
Grammar
Spelling
This sentence contains a spelling error. Replace the word "affect" with the word "effect" to correct.
Punctuation
Capitalization

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He was thinking about a career in math, plumbing, engineering or doctor.
Punctuation
Spelling
Capitalization
Grammar
This sentence has a grammar error. The sentence should be "He was thinking about a career in math, plumbing, engineering or medicine."

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Sally went home at ten.
Spelling
Grammar
Punctuation
Capitalization
This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "Sally went home at ten."

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