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Instructors: Please add symbols that you use in marking papers.

Symbol

Meaning

agr

subject-verb or pronoun agreement error

awk

awkward

cap

capitalize

case

wrong pronoun case

comp

faulty comparison

cs

comma splice

dm

dangling modifier

dq

dropped quotation

frag

sentence fragment

lc

letter should be lower case

logic

faulty logic

mc

mixed construction

mm

misplaced modifier

p

punctuation error

pred

faulty predication

red

redundant

ref

faulty pronoun reference

run-on

run-on sentence

sp

spelling error

tense

verb tense incorrect or inconsistent

trans

transition needed

vb

wrong verb form (e.g., indicative where subjunctive or imperative required

wdy

wordy

ww

wrong word for what you mean

delete

//

parallel construction faulty or non-existent

transpose

begin a new paragraph here

¶ unity

paragraph lacks a controlling idea

¶ coh

paragraph lacks coherence - may need internal transitions

¶ dev

paragraph doesn't develop logically

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  1. "Vague" - I end up writing this a lot. I was also taught to double-underline a letter when it should be capitalized and strike through a capital that should be lower case.