Can You Identify the Errors In These Sentences?

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By: Becky

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She prefers white whine.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "She prefers white wine."

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I bought three things; a shirt, a dress and a suit.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "I bought three things: a shirt, a dress and a suit.

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The boy's are going to school tomorrow.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The boys are going to school tomorrow."

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He wore a blue suite.

This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "He wore a blue suit."

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She told the dog to go lye down.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "She told the dog to go lie down."

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She sang a russian song.

This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "She sang a Russian song."

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She went to the store: then she went home.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "She went to the store, then she went home."

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He through out the winning ticket.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "He threw out the winning ticket."

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An important part of my life have been my kids.

This sentence has a grammar error. The sentence should be "An important part of my life has been my kids."

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The police were at the seen of the crime.

There is a spelling error in this sentence. The sentence should be "The police were at the scene of the crime."

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The two best things about school was the classes and the teachers.

This sentence contains a grammar error. The sentence should be "The two best things about school were the classes and the teachers.

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The principle went on vacation.

This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "The principal went on vacation."

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I went to the store but it was closed so I went home.

This sentence is missing some punctuation. The sentence should be "I went to the store, but it was closed, so I went home."

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I've got to brake that habit.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "I've got to break that habit."

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The cats are in there house.

This sentence has a spelling error. The sentence should be "The cats are in their house."

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He gave his mother an expensive gift. In spite of everything.

The sentences contain punctuation errors, including a sentence fragment. The sentence should be "He gave his mother an expensive gift, in spite of everything."

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He sailed on the titanic.

This sentence has a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He sailed on the Titanic."

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She attended the juilliard school of music.

This sentence has capitalization errors. The sentence should be "She attended the Juilliard School of Music.

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Frank went too work.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Frank went to work."

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He fought in the revolutionary war.

This sentence contains capitalization errors. The sentence should be "He fought in the Revolutionary War.

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Grab the bull by the horne.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Grab the bull by the horns."

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While walking to school, Joan fund a sparkly girl's watch.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "While walking to school, Joan found a sparkly girl's watch."

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The capital of Ohio is cincinnati.

This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "The capital of Ohio is Cincinnati.

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The cat ate it's dinner.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The cat ate its dinner."

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He ordered a coke.

This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He ordered a Coke."

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Nancy gives good advise.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "Nancy gives good advice."

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He climbed mount Everest.

This sentence has a capitalization error. The sentence should be "He climbed Mount Everest."

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Carrie went to school and then she went home.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "Carrie went to school, and then she went home.

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The car costs $100, I am going to buy it.

This sentence has a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The car costs $100, and I am going to buy it. Alternatively, the original sentence could be split into two sentences.

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The car is all your's.

This sentence contains a punctuation error. The sentence should be "The car is all yours."

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A panda eats, shoots and leaves.

This is a punctuation error. As written, it means that a panda eats, a panda shoots and a panda leaves. The sentence should be "A panda eats shoots and leaves."

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The pink shirt and the grey pants compliment each other.

This sentence contains a spelling error. The sentence should be "The pink shirt and the grey pants complement each other."

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The test score had no affect on her grade.

This sentence contains a spelling error. Replace the word "affect" with the word "effect" to correct.

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He was thinking about a career in math, plumbing, engineering or doctor.

This sentence has a grammar error. The sentence should be "He was thinking about a career in math, plumbing, engineering or medicine."

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Sally went home at ten.

This sentence contains a capitalization error. The sentence should be "Sally went home at ten."

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About This Quiz

Think you're an English wiz? Take this quiz!

Interestingly, the spoken language does not contain punctuation, spelling or capitalization, but it does contain grammar. Although we might posit that the lack of punctuation, capitalization and spelling in the spoken word accounts for the frustrating abundance of these types of errors in the written language, we'd be ignoring the fact that grammar errors are just as common as the other three types of errors. Since this is the case, we must assume that writing in the English language must be difficult.

Under the general umbrella of grammar, common errors in written English include problems with voice, sentence fragments and misplaced modifiers, to name but a few.

Although your PC spellcheck program can - and does - catch many errors, there are others that these programs just can't identify. For instance, in the sentence, "The dog wagged it's tail," the word it's is a real word, and spellcheck might not catch it. However, the correct sentence should be "The dog wagged its tail." You see, the word "it's" is a contraction that combines the words "it" and "is." The error here is that the original sentence would read, "The dog wagged it is tail." See the problem?

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