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When editing and revising, check off all issues when they are done correctly throughout the

research paper.
Problem Area

Problem Area

No wanna or gonna for want to or going to


Double Negative (I dont need no help)
Spell out all words including and, without, because, and
numbers 1-100
NO SLANG!
If you have only two objects (things) listed, do NOT separate
them by a comma.
No KIDS- Do not use the word kid. It refers to a baby goat, not
a human child.
Do not use used to to describe something that has happened in
the past.
Do not use kind of when describing someone or something. It
either IS or it ISNT, not kind of.
No gotta

No Fragments
Verb tense (Stay in past if it has already happened.)
Punctuation should NEVER be at the beginning of a line. It
is a part of a previous word, no space.
NO CONTRADICTIONS
If you are using someones exact words, use appropriate
punctuation in appropriate places.
Punctuate possessives correctly. Be sure you know where the
apostrophe goes.
Do not separate words at the ends of lines.

Do not use get, got, or gotten anywhere in the paper. This is too
general. Find another word.
If you are using the comparative or superlative forms, there is no
need to insert more or most before the word.
Wrong: He is the most strongest player.
No YUCK WORDS or BLAH VERBS (unless used in a
quote), which are listed below for you convenience.
Dont use million dollar words for an essay. Example I
testified to my mother rather than I told my mother
Paragraphs begin on the next line and are indented.
Attention Getter No QUESTIONS!!!
NO CONTRACTIONS. Dont should be do not.
A is used before a consonant sound. (Shes a minute late.)
An is used before a vowel sound. (Shes an hour late.)
NO IRRELEVANT INFORMATION. If it is not important to the
development of the paper, dont tell me about it!
Has the writer typed 3-5 pages? If not, where can they add
important information without adding fluff?
Are both sides of the topic addressed in an unbiased tone?
Only relevant quotes and facts are used to support a point.
WRITE OUT YOUR ENTIRE ATTENTION GETTER IN
THIS BOX. If it is more than two sentences, write the first
sentences, use ellipses, and write the last sentence.
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Capitalize the names of specific people, places, and things.


No use of first person or second person personal pronouns,
unless they are in a quote.
Obey all rules for compound sentences. Check your notes
when in doubt.
No run-ons, which is more than one complete thought that
fails to include proper punctuation.
Misuse of the word of Example I could of read today.
Correct I could have read today.
No repetition Read the essay ALOUD to find this. Listen
for ideas, words, and phrases youve repeated unnecessarily.
No split infinitive Example She said to never forget.
NO The reason why
Spell out all acronyms. (LHS)
Check the correct subject-verb agreement problems.
No second person you, your, yours, yourself, youre
Is the paper Times New Roman, 12-point font, with doublespacing, one-inch margins, and MLA- style heading?
4-8 sources have been properly cited in the paper.
The paper has voice and keeps the reader interested. If not
circle where you lost interest.
Check all spelling
There is a list on the back that you should use. Those should
be words with which you are familiar You should know
how to spell them by now. If not, no big deal! You have them
on this paper for your convenience!

Yuck Words

Anybody

Something

Something

Said

I think

Everything

Anything

Was

Everybody

I believe

Nothing

Am

Did

Here

Wonderful

Blah Verbs

Being

Good

Someone

Have

Somebody

Walk

Somebody

Had

Are

Everyone

Stated

Be

Do

Were

Anyone

I feel

Stuff

Have done

Always

Great

COMMONLY MISSPELLED WORDS You should not have any of these words misspelled in your
writing. If you are unsure about other words, look them up and add them to the list.
ACCIDENTALLY
ACHIEVEMENT
ANALYZE
ANSWER
APOLOGIZE
ARGUMENT
AWKWARD
BEGINNING
BELIEVE
BUSINESS
CALENDAR
CERTAIN
CHARACTERISTIC
COLUMN
COMMITTEE
COURAGEOUS
COURTEOUS
CRITICIZE
DEALT
DECISION
DEFINITELY
DESPAIR
DICTIONARY
DIFFERENT
DISAPPEAR
DISAPPOINT
DISCIPLINE

EMBARRASS
ENVIRONMENT
ESPECIALLY
EXAGGERATE
EXPERIENCE
FAMILIAR
FASCINATING
FEBRUARY
FOREIGN
GOVERNMENT
GRAMMAR
GUARANTEE
GUARD
HEIGHT
HUMOROUS
IMAGINARY
IMMEDIATELY
INFLUENCE
INTELLIGENCE
INTELLIGENT
KNOWLEDGE
LABORATORY
LIGHTNING
LITERATURE
LONELINESS
MARRIAGE
MATHEMATICS
MEDICINE

MINIMUM
MISCHIEVOUS
MISSPELL
MORTGAGE
NECESSARY
NECESSARILY
NICKEL
NOTICEABLE
NUISANCE
OBSTACLE
OCCASIONALLY
OCCUR
OCCURRED
OCCURRING
OCCURRENCE
OPINION
OPPORTUNITY
PARALLEL
PARALLELISM
PARTICULARLY
PERMANENT
PERMISSIBLE
PERSUADE
PLEASANT
PNEUMONIA
POSSESS
POSSESSES
POSSESSION

POSSIBILITY
PREJUDICE
PRIVILEGE
PROBABLY
REALIZE
RECOGNIZE
RECOMMEND
RECOMMENDATION
REFERENCE
REFERRED
REHEARSAL
REHEARSE
REPETITION
REPRESENTATIVE
REPRESENTATION
RESTAURANT
RHYTHM
RIDICULOUS
SANDWICH
SCHEDULE
SCISSORS
SEPARATE
SERGEANT
SIMILAR
SINCERELY
SOPHOMORE
SOUVENIR
SPECIFICALLY

SUCCESS
SYLLABLE
SYMPATHY
SYMPTOM
TEMPERATURE
THOROUGH
THROUGH
TOGETHER
TOMORROW
TRAFFIC
TRAGEDY
TRANSFER
TRANSFERRED
TRULY
TUESDAY
TWELFTH
UNDOUBTEDLY
UNNECESSARY
VACUUM
VICINITY
VILLAGE
WEIRD