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Code What it Means What you can do to fix it

The paragraph needs to be split Begin a new paragraph so that your reader knows
you are making a new point.
The sentence is hard to understand
Read the sentence out loud to see how it sounds.
Revise it so that it makes sense (omit words or
phrases, combine sentences)
Clarify Read back over the sentence/paragraph so that you
may revise it for clarity.
A part of the sentence is confusing. Reread the sentence to make sure that all pronouns
have refererrants, you haven't "doubled up" a word,
Explain more fully Make sure you have FULLY explained your
Fragment You have written a fragment, not a sentence. Unless
it was done with intention, either revise the sentence
so that it has a subject and a verb, or combine it with
another sentence.
letter Dont capitalize the letter The letter does NOT need to be capitalized
Capitalize the letter The letter needs to be capitalized (see capitalization
rules for the various reasons you capitalize)
The phrase, sentence or paragraph
seems to be a plagiarism.
Give credit by including the text in quotation marks,
and include a parenthetical reference, as well as a
citation in your bibliography
The phrase, sentence or paragraph is
difficult to understand.
Read the sentence out loud to see how it sounds.
Revise it so that it makes sense (omit words or
phrases, combine sentences)
Run on sentence Consider either splitting into two sentences, or
inserting a coordinating conjunction or semicolon (;)
Revise the sentence for better clarity While your sentence makes sense, consider revising
it so that it flow better
Unneccessary sentence Omit the sentence - it is either unneccessary, or
clouds your meaning.
The sentence is too long, so it's
difficult to understand
Revise the sentence by breaking it into smaller
sentences for clarity.
The circled sentence would flow better
if it was combined with other
Consider how you can combine the circled sentences
for a better flow of ideas.
sp spelling Grab a dictionary and check your spelling
s-v agree
The subject of the sentence does not
agree with the verb.
Read the sentence out loud, focusing on the subject
of the sentence, making sure to revise so that the
verb agrees (i.e. if your subject is singular, your verb
should be, too).
T.E. Text Evidence Include text evidence to back up your claim
The tense of the verb you've used
needs to match the tense used
throughout the piece (i.e. youve
written in past tense, but suddenly use
a present tense verb)
Determine which tense you've used, and revise the
sentence's verb to match.
Transition You need a transition word, phrase or sentence to
bridge your ideas.
Word choice - this might mean that
youve used the incorrect homophone
(i.e. "passed" for "past", "their" for
"there"), or that your word choice
could be more accurate
Grab a dictionary or thesaurus, and look for the
correct word (in the case of misused homophone), or
a better word to get the point across.
The word or number should be written
out rather than abbreviated or written
in numerical format
Be sure to write out abbreviations, or any number
under one hundred. (i.e. "25" should be written as
word or
Unneccessary word Omit the word - it is detracting from your meaning