Tips on how to write a good research paper

tips on how to write a good research paper

Common Grammatical Mistakes.

Sentence Fragments

These are incomplete sentences. Remember that ALL SENTENCES need a subject and a verb.

Example: She was an interesting talker. (This is a complete sentence.) A woman who had traveled all over the world and lived in 7 countries. (This is a fragment.)

Comma Errors

Periods and commas go inside quotation marks.

Example: I am consistently amazed by the TV show "The X-Files."

There are no exceptions to this rule. Question marks and exclamation points and colons go outside quotation marks.

Two sentences cannot be separated by a comma. That’s called a run-on sentence.

Example: I went to the store, I bought milk.

This is WRONG. Your options are:

I went to the store. I bought milk.

I went to the store; I bought milk.

I went to the store, and I bought milk.

Agreement Errors A subject must agree with or match the verb. This means if you have a single subject, you need a single verb.

Many talk shows are strange.

But, while these examples are simple, some subject/verb agreements are not so easy to spot.

She is one of those people who are never ready on time. (correct)

She is one of those people who is never ready on time. (incorrect)

She is one of those people who are never ready on time.

In this case, the subject of the sentence is the word people instead of she .

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