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KEY TO CORRECTION SYMBOLS FOR WRITING

revised 3-25-09

 

Ø         replace with nothing

 

#          problems with singular/plural, count/non-count, verb/subject     agreement: Usually this means that -s is missing or incorrectly used.

 

          A new paragraph is needed.

 

?          unclear (structure or vocabulary)        

 

??        The reader has no idea of what you mean.

 

(       ) or ((        ))        The error is somewhere inside the parentheses.

 

______ or ______       The error is somewhere in the underlined area.

 

Art             article usage

 

BE             a form of the verb BE is needed

 

Cap            capitalization

 

OBJ           The verb needs an object.

 

p                punctuation problem

 

Prep           preposition  problem

 

Pro             A noun should be replaced by a pronoun.

 

sp               misspelling

 

Struct         structure problem—could be many different kinds

 

SUBJ         The verb needs a subject.

 

VERB        A verb is needed.

 

VF             verb form problem

 

VT             verb tense problem

 

WO           word order problem

 

WF            word form  problem—for example, using a noun for a verb

 

WW           wrong word



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