3 Common Writing Errors To Avoid In English Compositions

Writing compositions still serve as one of the biggest hurdles for primary students. A strong command language is required to produce grammatically accurate and compelling narratives, but unfortunately, most students are still trying to grasp writing altogether. Should they continue writing the way they do, uninformed of their mistakes, they will get marked down.

Check out some of the common language mistakes we’ve highlighted below:

Mistake No 1: Run-on sentences

Run-on sentences are sentences that contain more than one independent clauses that are not connected properly. For example, consider the sentence below:

I like eating apples, I buy an apple every day.

This sentence consists of two complete sentences; ‘I like eating apples.’ and ‘I buy an apple every day.’. Instead of separating them, the usage of the comma creates an unnecessary relationship between the two and thus, making it a run-on sentence.

Solution: There are several ways to correct this. One is to separate the two short sentences by placing a full-stop in between. Students may also use conjunction, for instance, ‘and’ to connect both sentences. Another option is to use a subordinating connector such as ‘Because’ at the start of the sentence to produce a cause-and-effect.

Mistake No 2: Missing speech tag

The speech tag is a phrase that indicates the speaker of a line of speech. Take a look at the sentence below:

“I’m hungry,” Johnny complained.

In this case, ‘Johnny complained’ is the speech tag.

If a narrative has more than one character, it is imperative to add a speech tag to inform readers who is speaking. Otherwise, it will be confusing and might even be misleading.

Solution: The solution is to make the inclusion of speech tags whenever appropriate, a habit. Students may want to stock up on their vocabulary bank to establish the mood and action of the speaker.

Mistake No 3: Memorising and applying stock phrases that do not enhance the story

It is common for institutions to encourage students to memorise well-written phrases to help spice up their writing. However, many students fall into the trap of not knowing how to use these phrases properly. Students often regurgitate these phrases without any regard of the context. This causes the narrative to be cluttered with unnecessary words that do not add value to the story.

Solution: Students need to determine what are the crucial points of their narrative, and add only information that helps to drive the story. Students can learn how to implement by reading well-written texts, or at an English writing course.

Students benefit immensely from attending such classes. They will be guided by experienced teachers who will point out their mistakes and rectify them. Help your child learn more about these common errors and eliminate them from their writing to boost their English performance in school!

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