Common Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them


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Why is it important to avoid common pitfalls in academic writing?

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1. Which of the following sentences contains a mixed sentence structure?

2. Why is it a good idea to avoid overly ornate sentences?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you quickly assess your understanding of common pitfalls in writing. You will be quizzed on some problems that most writers encounter, including what those problems are, how they occur, and why they should be avoided.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on your knowledge of the following writing pitfalls:

  • Overly vague sentences
  • Overly ornate sentences
  • Mixed structure sentences
  • Sentence fragments

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about common writing mistakes in a different light
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as sentence fragment and mixed structure sentence
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding common writing errors
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about writing pitfalls

Additional Learning

To learn more about common writing errors, review the accompanying lesson on Avoiding Common Writing Pitfalls. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn how to provide substance in writing
  • Understand how to not get too ornate when writing
  • Review common grammatical mistakes in sentence structure