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Some useful things to bear in mind, especially to avoid mistakes in written tasks

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  • 1.Avoidingmistakesin writing tasksChecklist Final exam and PAU preparation. 2nd BACH Page 1

2. Have yo ever thoughtwhy you sometimesmake certain mistakes? Page 2 3. The following checklistwill help you remembervery importantTHINGS TO BEAR IN MIND Page 3 4. 1. READ CAREFULLYWhether it is a text, acomprehension question(reading or listening), anexercise in a test, acomposition topicFIRST Page 4 5. 2. BE CAREFUL WITH GRAMMARPay special attention to:Sentence structureAFFIRM.: SUBJECT + VERB + COMPLEMENTSINTERROGATIVE: MODAL/AUXILIARY + SUBJECT + VERBNEG.: SUBJECT + AUX/MODAL+ NOT/NT+ VERB NO VERB WITHOUT SUBJECT Be careful with subordinate clauses. DONT MAKE THEM TOO LONG AND COMPLEXPage 5 6. Verbal tenses Make sure you have a good command of both their form and use.TRY TOo Make a list from time to time tosee if you remember them.o Write sentences using all differenttenses.o Compare them with their Spanishequivalent:Present SimplePresenteindicativoPast Perfecto Pretritopluscuam.When answering questions, DONT FORGET TO USETHE SAME VERBAL TENSE IN YOUR ANSWER! Page 6 7. AgreementSUBJECT VERB People ARENOUN POSSESSIVE Henry droveHIS carNOUN PRONOUNSusan arrivedyesterday. SHEbrought somepresentsPage 7 8. Subject / Object pronounsPossessives (adjs. & prons.) ppossessives ppossessivesPage 8 9. Other grammarREMEMBERAdjectives dont take pluralREVIEWTypical grammar topics: Verbs taking infinitive or gerund Infinitive of purpose Relative clauses Passive voice Reported speech Conditional sentences Connectors and subordinate clauses Special structures, such as V+OBJ+INF (TELL/ASK/ORDER SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING) Page 9 10. 3. BE CAREFUL WITH SPELLINGPay special attention to: CAPITAL LETTERS: At the beginning of sentences, proper names, months, days of the week, nationalities, names of subjects, subject pronoun I ADJECTIVES ENDING IN FUL: Only one L IRREGULAR PAST FORMS ENDING IN OUGHT /AUGHT Words like writing / written, which, with Double and simple consonants:ocassion, business, beginning Page 10 11. 4. BE CAREFUL WITH VOCABULARYUse specific vocabulary related to the topicAvoid repetitions by using synonymsChoose the right grammatical category ineach case (noun, adjective, pronoun,adverb) TRY TO o Write sentences with new vocabulary you learn. o Make your own lists of words related to different topics (physical description, crimes, holidays,)DONT INVENT WORDS. Look them upin a dictionary or find synonyms orways of expressing the same idea withdifferent words Page 11 12. 5.BE CAREFUL WITHPUNCTUATIONIf you dont punctuate your texts properly,reading and understanding will be seriouslyaffected.6. BE CAREFUL WITHCOHERENCE ANDCOHESIONOrganise and link your ideas. Use a variety ofconnectors7.BE AWARE OF YOURMOST COMMONMISTAKESCheck the writings youve done throughoutthe year and make a list. Page 12