It’s tough to let go of a story you’ve worked on for several days (or more). You’re attached to each word. Pesky vague pronouns, shifting verb tenses and too many commas often slip under the radar.
Use a checklist of editing tips before you let a story fly. Common grammar mistakes include:
- Adjective Drift
Wrong: The property has seasonal creeks and trail access.
Right: The property has trail access and seasonal creeks.
- Vague Pronoun Reference
Wrong: Emily annoyed Nancy, but that didn’t stop her from asking for help studying.
Right: Emily annoyed Nancy, but that didn’t stop Nancy from asking for help studying.
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