Grammar and Punctuation Rules

I used some abbreviations for grammatical and punctuation errors that I encountered as I was grading your papers. We'll talk about grammar in class on Wednesday, but in the meantime, if you want to learn more about an error that I have marked in your paper, you can find the details in your textbook on these pages:

Colon Use a colon when a list of items follows a complete sentence (an independent clause). See page 108 of WAVT.
Comma Splice This is a comma splice. See page 112 of WAVT.
Compound Use a comma before a Coordinating Conjunction that joins two independent clauses (e.g., a compound sentence). See page 109 of WAVT.
Conj Adv Use a semicolon before and a comma after a Conjunctive Adverb that joins two independent clauses. See page 104 of WAVT.
Fragment This highlighted phrase is a sentence fragment. See page 107 of WAVT.
Intro Use a comma after an introductory word, phrase, or clause. See page 110 of WAVT.
Nonessential Use a comma on either side of nonessential word groups (unless there is a period at the end). See page 111 of WAVT.
Parallel Use parallel structure (words that have the same pattern) for consistency. See page 106-107 of WAVT.
Run-on This is a run-on, or a fused sentence. See page 112 of WAVT.
Vague Pronoun Reference Clarify the noun that the pronoun refers to in this sentence. See page 115 of WAVT.