Use singular pronouns to replace singular nouns and plural
pronouns to replace plural nouns.
Correct: The players gloried in their win over the
Incorrect: The player knew that their determination
would help win the game over their rival.
A restrictive element is essential to the basic meaning of the
sentence. It is not set off from the rest of the sentence with
Correct: The dog whose picture was shown on
television last night pulled a child from a burning house.
Incorrect: The dog, whose picture was shown on
television last night, pulled a child from a burning house.
18. Fused (run-on) sentence
Use end punctuation to separate independent clauses
Correct: David purchased two tickets for the
performance. He had invited Anne.
Incorrect: David purchased two tickets for the
performance happily he invited Anne.
19. Misplaced or dangling modifier
Every modifier(whether a word, phrase, or clause) should be as
close as possible to the word it describes.
Correct: Pat showed her guests the pool that had
recently been filled with water.
Incorrect: Pat showed the new pool to her guests
that had just been filled with water.
20. Its/It's confusion
Use its (no
apostrophe) as a possessive. Use it's (with apostrophe)
as a contraction for it is.
Correct: It's possible I will
meet you before class.
Incorrect: Its not over until its over.