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Symbol

Meaning

Example

S/V

subject-verb agreement

The professor who teach that class come from Brazil.

VT

verb tense

I am in this country since 2007.

WW

wrong word

She has a different major to me.

WWF

wrong word form

She has a difference major than me.

WVF

wrong verb form

Sing and dance are my favorite things.

WPP

wrong personal pronoun

Last week, I forgot to water my plants, so it wilted.  

POS

possessive

The students books were ready for delivery.

SP

spelling

I’ll buy my fabric form Thailand.

C

capitalization

i’m taking color and design this semester.

FRAG

fragment

The students did well on the exam. Because they studied.

CS

comma splice

They hadn’t studied , they’d stayed up late.

RO

run-on

The students took a test they weren’t prepared to take so when they found out they had all failed they called their parents to complain that they had been really sick and so couldn’t really focus on the stuff anyway.

S/P

singular plural

The teacher assigned three assignment.

P

punctuation

We dont have class tomorrow

new paragraph

Content has shifted to a different topic.

TS

tense shift

While I am waiting, I watched the stars come out.

Ø

omit

The my major was economics.

<->

change word order

We outside of the house ran.

| |

parallelism

Dancing and to sing are my favorite things.

^

insert missing word(s)

I ^ interested in fashion.

???

rewrite

Your meaning is unclear. Simply changing the grammar will not help.  Try to rewrite the idea rather than rework the sentence. Try using different words, or try using two or three smaller sentences.

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