Error-Correction Codes

Because the giving and receiving of feedback at university is critical to academic success, we’ve provided our own error-correction code for tutors and students to use. We believe that language learning is best enhanced when learners have the tools necessary to recognise the mistakes they’ve made and attempt to fix it for themselves.

Content

“Well done. This is good information.”

“Very well done. This is excellent information.” 

“This expression is too unclear to understand or fix. Please re-write it again more carefully.”

“This claim does not have a citation. Please include one.”

Over a million people are infected with the disease every year. ©

Over a million people are infected with the disease every year (Smith, 2020).

Related courses: Referencing, Referencing Features, Citation Types

“This information is not relevant to this assignment. Please consider removing or changing it.”

“The words between these square brackets should be deleted.”

Much research has been conducted into this [exciting] topic. 

Much research has been conducted into this topic. 

Formatting

“Please indent this paragraph or remove the indent.”

Related courses: Essay Writing, Formatting

“This is where a new paragraph should begin or where two paragraphs should be joined together.”

Related courses: Essay Writing, Formatting

“Add or remove a space between the elements here.”

Much/research has been conducted into this topic. 

Much research has been conducted into this topic. 

Related courses: Essay Writing, Formatting

“Add a line break here to more clearly divide these paragraphs.”

Related courses: Essay Writing, Formatting

Grammar

“This punctuation mark is not correct and should be changed or removed.”

There are many greenhouse gases; such as carbon dioxide and methane. !P

There are many greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Punctuation

“The words between these brackets should be reordered.”

The man <English studies> every day. 

The man studies English every day.

“This is a sentence fragment. Please rewrite this sentence correctly.”

I’m studying English. Even though I don’t like it. SF

I’m studying English even though I don’t like it.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Sentences, Sentence Run-Ons and Fragments

“This is a sentence run on. Please fix the sentence structure.”

Even though I don’t find it interesting I’m studying it. SRO

Even though I don’t find it interesting, I’m studying it.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Sentences, Sentence Run-Ons and Fragments

“This subject and verb do not agree in person or number.”

The student like studying English. SUBv.

The student likes studying English

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Verb Functions, Subject-Verb Agreement

“This verb phrase should be active not passive.”

The teacher was failed the student. v.A

The teacher failed the student.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Verb Functions, Passive Constructions

“The verb aspect (simple, progressive, perfect or perfect progressive) is not correct.”

I am reading three books already today. v.Asp

I have read three books already today.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Verb Functions, Verb Aspect

“This verb is not correctly formed. You may need to use a different participle.”

I have study many experiments about this. v.F

I have studied many experiments about this.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Words, About Verbs

“This verb phrase should be passive not active.”

The student failed by the teacher. v.P

The student was failed by the teacher.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Verb Functions, Passive Constructions

“This verb is not in the correct tense (past, present,  future).”

The student fails the exam yesterday. v.T

The student failed the exam yeserday.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Verb Functions, Verb Tense

“This word is not formed correctly. Try a different word type such as a noun or adjective.”

There is much informative about the topic. WF

There is much information about the topic.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Structures, Word Forms

Vocabulary

“Use a different word. This word is not correct.”

There is much nation about the topic. ?

There is much information about the topic.

Related courses: Academic Guidance, Vocabulary, Academic Word Lists

“You are missing a cohesive device here, or the device you have used is not correct.”

In second, studies have shown that pollution has a negative impact on health. #

Secondly, studies have shown that pollution has a negative impact on health.

Related courses: Academic Guidance, Vocabulary, Cohesive Devices

“You have used a lower case letter here but this should be a capital letter.”

Elvis presley was the king of rock. 

Elvis Presley was the king of rock.

“You have used a capital letter here but this letter should be lower case.”

The Teacher is clearly interested in the topic.

The teacher is clearly interested in the topic.

“This noun should be singular not plural.”

One problems with this is that it seriously affects health. =1

One problem with this is that it seriously affects health.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Affixes, Plural Markers

“This noun should be plural not singular.”

Two factor are health and longevity. =2

Two factors are health and longevity.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Affixes, Plural Markers

“This noun is not countable. Please fix the grammar.”

There has been many research about this topic. =X

There has been a lot of research about this topic.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Affixes, Plural Markers

“These words are spelled incorrectly.”

“This expression is not academic. It may be too emotive or informal.”

Air pollution is a big problem in many countries. xAC

Air pollution is a significant problem in many countries.

Related courses: Academic Guidance, Vocabulary, Academic Language

Word Types

“Insert an adjective here.”

Air pollution is a ^adj. problem in many countries.

Air pollution is a significant problem in many countries.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Adjectives

“Insert an adverb here.”

Air pollution is a ^adv. significant problem in India in particular.

Air pollution is a very significant problem in India in particular.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Adverbs

“Insert an article here such as ‘a’, ‘an’ or ‘the’.”

Air pollution is ^art. significant problem in many countries.

Air pollution is a significant problem in many countries.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Articles

“Insert a coordinating conjunction here such as ‘and’, ‘but’ or ‘yet’.”

Air pollution is a problem ^cc. many governments know it.

Air pollution is a problem and many governments know it.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Conjunctions

“Insert a modal verb here such as ‘will’ or ‘may’.”

Air pollution ^mv. become a more significant problem in the future.

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Modal Verbs

“Insert a noun here.”

Air ^n. will become a more significant problem in the future.

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Nouns

“Insert a punctuation mark here such as a comma, full stop or colon.”

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future ^p.

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Punctuation, Colons and Semicolons

“Insert a pronoun here such as ‘he’ or ‘it’.”

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future.  ^pn. Has increased by… 

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future. It has increased by…

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Pronouns

“Insert a preposition here such as ‘in’ or ‘over’.”

Air pollution levels will almost certainly go ^pr. in the future. 

Air pollution levels will almost certainly go up in the future.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Words, Prepositions

“Insert a quantifier here such as ‘some’ or ‘many’.”

^q. People believe that air pollution is not a problem for health.

Some people believe that air pollution is not a problem for health.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Words, Quantifiers

“Insert a subordinating conjunction here such as ‘because’ or ‘even though’.”

This increase in lung cancer is likely ^sc. air pollution is now global. 

This increase in lung cancer is likely because air pollution is now global.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Conjunctions

“Insert a verb here.”

Air pollution will ^v. a more significant problem in the future.

Air pollution will become a more significant problem in the future.

Related courses: Grammar Practice, Word Types, Verbs