Examples of Strategies in Use

Here are examples of common language errors with the strategies that can be used to identify them. An instructor can choose a strategy based on the level of input his/her student needs in order to correct that error.

Error: Subject-verb agreement
Explanation: He eat there often. 
("He" needs singular form of verb: eats
                                                  subject-verb/SV
Naming or label/code: He eat there often.  
Underlining: He eat there often.

Error: Singular or plural noun 
Explanation: The researches are done by scientists. 
("The research is done”, or “Research is done,” “research” is non-count noun and cannot be made plural)

                                                          non-count noun/ncn
Naming or label/code: The researches are done by scientists. 
Underlining: The researches are done by scientists. 

Error: Verb tense
Explanation: I was knowing it after I read the book.  
(“I knew”- the simple past is needed here)

                                                          verb tense/VT
Naming or label/code: was knowing it after I read the book.                         
Underlining: was knowing it after I read the book. 

Error: Verb form
Explanation:  She might is going to Canada.                     
(“She might be going” – when modal verbs are used, the rest of the verb phase stays in the infinitive form)

                                              verb form/VF
Naming or label/code: She might is going to Canada.  
Underlining: She might is going to Canada.                    


Error:
Word form
Explanation: The boy slipped on the ice ground.                      
(this is the noun form and you need the adjective form: "icy") 
                                                                                  word form/WF
Naming or label/code: The boy slipped on the ice ground.                           
Underlining: The boy slipped on the ice ground.  

Error: Use of a, an, & the
Explanation: He drove to store. 
(“the store” or  “a store”– singular, countable nouns need an article)                       
                                                                      article/ART
Naming or label/code: He drove to store.                          
Underlining: He drove to _ store.

Error: Pronouns
Explanation: The results are not what we expected it to be.                        
(“them” instead of “it”- “results” is a plural noun, so you need a plural pronoun)
                                                                                                                pronoun problem/
PRO

Naming or label/code: The results are not what we expected it to be.                          
Underlining: The results are not what we expected it to be.

Error: Spelling
Explanation: There are numberous reasons to quit. 
                               (This word is spelled "numerous")                       
                                                                              spelling/SP
Naming or label/code: There are numberous reasons to quit.                         
Underlining: There are numberous reasons to quit.

Error: Run-on sentence
Explanation: The house is big it is in the center of town, I live there. With my family.
 (Complete sentences need to be joined with a semi-colon (:), a comma (,) + a conjunction, or separated with a period (.). 
To have a complete sentence, you need a subject and a verb.)
                                                                 missing punctuation/MP                          comma splice/CS             fragment/FR
Naming or label/code: The house is big it is in the center of town, I live there. With my family.                          

Underlining: The house is big it is in the center of town, I live there. With my family.