There are some very common mistakes in essay writing. To write a good essay some knowledge is necessary. For this reason, there are at the level of the most committed. But this is only due to lack of knowledge, therefore, once informed, students do not repeat them.
Let’s see, then, the 10 most common mistakes in writing, not only in college papers but also in blogs: (not in order of importance)
1. “It’s been ten years since we’ve seen so many changes”. The verb “to do” in the temporal sense, of elapsed time or of atmospheric phenomena is impersonal, that is, it is in the singular: It’s been ten years… It’s very cold…
2. “There were a lot of marches this week for racial equality.” The verb to have follows the same reasoning as the verb “to do”, mentioned above. In the sense of existing or in the idea of elapsed time, the verb to have is impersonal: There were many marches… I haven’t seen him for a while… There were a few chairs available.
3. “For me to choose, I need some time.” When in doubt, check who is the subject of the verb. In this case, the verb “to choose” has no subject, because “me” cannot be! The correct pronoun “eu” would be: for me to choose. The expression “for me” only works when it is a direct object: Bring this sheet to me. That way, always say and write: For me to do, for me to take, for me to speak because the verb needs a subject!
4. “This matter is between you and me!” When the preposition exists, in this case, “between”, the oblique pronoun is used. The correct is: between me and you or between me and you. Therefore, use a tonic oblique pronoun (me, ti, si, he, she, we, you, si, they, they) after a preposition: talk about me, do it for us, between you and me there are no problems, they talked to each other.
5. “A long time ago, I bought a bicycle.” The verb “ha” has a past tense meaning, so there is no need to add “behind”. Either you choose one or the other: A long time ago… A long time ago… Ten years ago… Ten years ago.
6. “So, you grabbed him by the collar.” When it is necessary for a pronoun to be a direct object (got something: he), never use a personal pronoun, opt for the unstressed oblique case (me, te, se, o, a, lhe, nos, vos, se, os, as, Eles ): Picked him up, warned him, introduced him, took us, love me, take us.
7. Where were you? “Where” indicates the idea of movement, while “where” refers only to place. So: Where were you? And where do we go now?
8. “The situation was not what he wanted.” If it is a situation that the person wanted, it will be: to meet, an expression that designates favoritism, to be in agreement. The phrase “against” has a sense of opposition, of shock: He went against the pole.
9. “This year we are going to do it differently.” If it is the current year, then use the pronoun “this” as it indicates proximity: This classroom, this week is going great, this day is going to be blessed, this year is going to be the best ever, tonight we will see stars.
10. The verb “adequate” is defective, that is to say, that it is not conjugated in all ways. So: It doesn’t fit… It doesn’t fit… I don’t fit… they are wrong prayers. Other verbs also go through this type of problem, such as: abolish, banish, color, demolish, stink, bark. The verb suit is correct and most often used in the infinitive (adequare) and participle (adequate) moods.
By avoiding these mistakes, you will surely improve academic performance by writing good essays.