Common mistake et al (et al.)

Misplaced Periods: The Common Mistake

One of the most common grammatical mistakes is the misplaced or missing period. When writing, it's crucial to ensure that all punctuation marks are correctly placed, especially periods.

Misplaced Periods

A misplaced period occurs when a period is inserted in the wrong position within a sentence. This error can change the intended meaning of a sentence and confuse readers. Let's look at an example:

  • Incorrect: I love to hike in the mountains.I find it peaceful.
  • Correct: I love to hike in the mountains. I find it peaceful.

In the incorrect version, the period is incorrectly placed immediately after "mountains," which creates a run-on sentence. By placing the period after "mountains" and starting a new sentence with "I," the meaning becomes clear.

Missing Periods

Another common mistake is omitting a necessary period in a sentence. This can result in run-on sentences or incomplete thoughts. Let's look at an example:

  • Incorrect: She played the piano sang beautifully.
  • Correct: She played the piano and sang beautifully.

In the incorrect version, the period is missing after "piano," which makes the sentence confusing and incomplete. By adding the period after "piano" and connecting the two actions with "and," the sentence becomes grammatically correct.

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To avoid common punctuation mistakes like misplaced or missing periods, it's helpful to use a grammar checker like Linguix. Linguix can quickly and accurately analyze your writing, detecting and correcting punctuation errors to ensure your sentences are clear, grammatically correct, and easy to understand.

et al (et al.) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    Thelen et al 2001

    Thelen et al. 2001

  • Incorrect:
    Thelen et. al. 2001

    Thelen et al. 2001

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