Does Editing Drive You Crazy?

Some of my students make a lot mistakes when they write a paragraph. The mistakes are easy to correct, if you practice how to edit.

When you learn to edit mistakes, your writing will become better. And, the writing will become easier. But like all writing skills, you need to practice editing. You need to see what the mistakes look like. Without practice, editing can slow, difficult and painful.

Here is an editing exercise. In this paragraph there are 19 writing mistakes. Most of them are about basic writing skills, like:

  • Punctuation
  • Prepositions
  • Spelling
  • Verb agreement
  • Verb tense

Editing Practice

Can you find 19 mistakes in this paragraph?

    Dear Julie,

    Last weekend, we are going camping in the mountains. At Saturday, I played hiking and my husband and two sons did fishing. They love to fishing at the lake. They stayed there in three hours and catched six big fish. We eated the fish for dinner. Tonight, we went to eat out. There is a small stake restaurant about one kilometer down the road. after that we will seeing a movie. Tomorrow, I will made a spaghetti dinner so today I will goes to the market and buy two kilogram of tomatoes, 500 gram of cheeses and one head of noodles. These days, my family are busy but everyone are happy and healthy.

    Take care,

    Mary

You Try

Download the worksheet here for the easy correcting. The worksheet also has the answers.

1 thought on “Does Editing Drive You Crazy?”

  1. Dear Julie,

    Last weekend, we went camping in the mountains. On Saturday, I went hiking with my husband and two sons. And we went fishing. They love fishing at the lake. They stayed there three hours and caught six big fish. We eate the fish for dinner. Tonight, we went to eat out. There was a small stake restaurant about one kilometer down the road. after that, we saw a movie. Tomorrow, I will make spaghetti dinner. Today I will go to a market and buy two kilograms of tomatoes, 500 grams of cheeses and one head of noodle. These days, my family are busy, but everyone are happy and healthy.

    Take care,

    Mary

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