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Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS): Grammar Toolkit/Activity

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                          Proof Reading  for Grammar Toolkit


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Guide Contents


Sentence basics

1. Is this a sentence? The basic structure of an English sentence

2. Should I start a new sentence? Common errors with sentence structure


1. Is the tense correct? Verb tenses and their uses in academic writing

2. Agree with or agree on-is this the right preposition? Verbs followed by prepositions


1. How many are there? Singular, plural and uncountable nouns

2. A/an, the or no article? Choosing the right article


Using punctuation marks

Academic Style

1. Not using I: Passive and active voice in academic writing

2. Expressing opinions: Tentativeness and certainty

Proof Reading for Grammar Activity


If you prefer to consult the Proof Reading for Grammar Guide in a printable format, use the links below:


Proof Reading for Grammar Activity

In the example below, identify as many grammar errors as you can. There is one error on each line. The errors refer to grammar issues discussed in the sections of this guide.

For best results, proof reading requires a systematic approach. Therefore, you may want to download the Complete checklist from the link at the bottom of this page, and use it to guide your corrections.


The Writer and Writing
The key traditional understanding of the writer is one that is reactive. Isolated and removed from the social and political sphere as much as from everyday life. The contentions here is that although the writer is alone, he/she can access knowledge that is universally available, it presupposes that the writer dips into knowledge, extracts of it and then retreats to the process of writing once more. Confined to this perspective, writing is individualised rather than embedded to a social context. Writing is not socially situated but utterly removed from any external factors. Why writing is often thought of in this way is something that will be explored by the author in this essay.


A suggested solution is available to download from the link at the bottom of this page.


⇒To download some suggested solutions to the task above, click the link above.


⇒To download the complete Toolkit Checklist to guide your proof reading, click the link above.