Writing Skills: Proof Reading Practice

How good are you at proof reading and spotting mistakes?

In IELTS writing, the more mistakes you make with grammar, the lower your band score will be in that assessment criterion. Grammar counts for 25% of your marks in writing. Learning to proof read your essays is an essential skill to develop.

The following sentences contain mistakes. Can you spot them?

Each sentence contains one or two mistakes.

  1. Research in space explorations can lead to new cutting edge technology.
  2. Improving handwriting skills is still essential even in todays modern world.
  3. Increasing number of people are choosing to to travel by car rather than public transports.
  4. If students are involved in making decisions about how a school is run it might lead to problems.
  5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free for enjoy their leisure time.

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  1. Samia Karamalla says:

    1. ……….can lead to a new ………
    2……….is still essential , even though in today ………..
    3 …….. of people who are chosen to travel car rather than public transportation .
    4………how school is run , it might lead to a problems .
    5…………….should be given more home work , other believe that they should be free to enjoy their ………

  2. manpreet says:

    1.research on space exploration
    2. skill and today’s
    3.people choose to
    4.in decisions making
    5.free to enjoy

  3. Update:
    3. An increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    Or: An increasing number of people is choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.

  4. Marc Micu says:

    1. exploration
    2. are, today’s
    3. choose to
    4. should (run),
    5. while (others) , to (enjoy)

  5. 1.Research into space exploration can lead to cutting-edge technology.
    2.Improving handwriting skill is still essential even in today’s modern world.
    Or : Improving the skill of handwriting is still essential even in today’s modern world.
    3.Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4.If students are involved in making decisions about how a school is run, it might lead to problems.
    Or: If students are involved in making decisions as to how a school should be run, it may lead to problems.
    5.While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that they should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

  6. Exploration , A new
    Skill, Today’s
    Transport
    Runs
    To enjoy

  7. avik paul says:

    1. exploration, a new cutting edge technology
    2. skill, today’s
    3. An increasing number, to, public transport
    4. decision, will run, comma
    5. to

  8. 1. Explorations to be exploration
    2.Skills to be skill
    Todays to be toaday’s
    3. Are choosing to to travel to be are choosing to travel
    4.Put comma after run
    5. Should be free for to be should be free to

  9. 1.Researching the space exploration can lead to new cutting edge technology
    2.Improving handwriting skills is essential even in today’s modern world.
    3.Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than using public transport.
    4.If students are involved in decisions making about how a school is run, it might lead to problems.
    5…..children should be free to enjoy their….

  10. Farjana Sharmin says:

    1. Research in the space exploration can lead to a new cutting edge technology.
    2. Improving handwriting skill is still an essential even in today’s modern world.
    3. Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4. If student are going to involve in making the decision about how a school should run, it might lead to problems
    5. While some people think that children should be given more home works, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure times.

  11. Regina Giovanni says:

    1. Research in space exploration can lead to new cutting edge technology.
    2. Improving handwriting skill is still essential even in today modern world.
    3. Increasing number of people who are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4. If students are involved in making decisions about how a school is run, it will lead to problems.
    5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

  12. * on: in, explorations: exploration
    * skills: skill, todays: todays’
    *to to: to
    *involved : involve , might: may
    *believe: believed , for enjoy: to enjoy

    Hi Ms.Liz,
    Thanks for this activity.
    Actually ma’am I’m having a hard time in listening ,writing and speaking english because of improper grammar usage and which word is correct to use.
    I don’t know where to start to correct my practice. I hope you can give me an advise ma’am.

    Thank you so much.
    God bless you.

  13. Charisse says:

    1. Research in space explorations leads to new cutting edge technology.
    2. Improving handwriting skills is still essential in today’s modern world
    Improving handwriting skills is essential even in today’s modern world.
    3. Increasing number of people choose to travel by car rather than public transports.
    4. If students are to be involved in making decisions about how a school is run, it might lead to problems.
    5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that they should be free to enjoy leisure time.
    Some people think that children should be given more homework while others believe that they should be free to enjoy leisure time.

  14. Jigme (from Lhasa) says:

    1.exploration
    2. today’s
    3. to travel
    4.by public transport
    5. is run,
    6. free to

  15. 1) Research in space exploration can lead to new cutting edge technology.
    2) Improving handwriting skill is still essential even today’s modern world.
    3) Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transports.
    4) If students are involved in making decisions about how to run a school, it might lead to problems.
    5) While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

    Hi Liz, may I know when you will provide discount again for your paid lessons, please?

  16. Shrigowry says:

    1.on, exploration
    2.skill, writting
    3.is, amount of people
    4.running
    5.left free

  17. Shrigowry says:

    1.in should be -on
    2.skills should be- skill
    3.are should be-is
    4.run should be -running
    5.be free – be left free

  18. 1. Research ‘on’ space explorations can lead to ‘a’ new cutting edge technology.

    2. Improving handwriting skills are still essential even in today’s modern world.

    3. Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transports.

    4. If students are involved in making decisions about how a school should be run, then it might lead to problems.

    5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

  19. Paulo Aurelio says:

    1)
    “explorations” => exploration

    2)
    “skills” => skill; “todays” => today’s

    3)
    “are choosing to to travel” => prefer to travel

    4)
    “about how” => on how;
    “is run it might lead” => is running, it might lead

    5)
    “for enjoy” => for enjoying

  20. 1)research into
    2) in today’s modern world
    3)to travel to
    4)❓
    5) to enjoy or for enjoying

  21. Marikani says:

    1. Space explorations can lead to new cutting edge technology.
    2.Handwriting skills are still essential even in modern world.
    3.Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4.If students are involved in making decision about how a school can run,it might lead to problems.
    5.While some people think that children should be given more homework,others believe that children should enjoy on their leisure time.

  22. 1. Research in space exploration can lead to new cutting edge technology.
    2. Improving handwriting skills is essential even in today’s modern world.
    3. Increasing number of people prefer to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4. If students are involved in making the decision on how to run a school, then it might lead to problems.
    5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure time

  23. 1. Research “on” space explorations can lead to “a” new cutting edge technology.
    2. Improving handwriting skills “are” still essential even in “today’s” modern world.
    3. “The” increasing number of people “is” choosing “to” travel by car rather than public transports.
    4. If students are involved in making decisions about how a school is run”,” it might lead to problems.
    5. While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be “more” free “to” enjoy their leisure time.

  24. 1) Researches in space exploration can lead to cutting edge technology.
    2) Improving handwriting skills is still essential even in today’s world.
    3) Increased number of people are choosing to travel by private car rather than public transports.
    4) If students are involved in decision making about how the school is run it might lead to problems.
    5) While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe children should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

  25. Aliya Siddique says:

    1. a new
    2. today’s
    3. to to >to
    4. runs
    5. to enjoy

  26. Hi lizy I really appreciate your help! I just got my test results but I’m so sad the exam was great but the outcome of my results is unbelievable I got a 7band in writing, 6.5 in speaking, 6.0 band in listening and 5.0 in reading. Am really disappointed in myself because I tried so hard!

  27. Shajahan Bakhshi says:

    1- exploration

    2- today’s

    3- cars

    4- to
    5- they should be free

    5-

  28. damilola kendall says:

    1. explorations- exploration
    2.todays- today’s
    3.transports- transport, to to- to
    4. how a school is run- how school runs
    5. free for enjoy- free to enjoy
    thanks

  29. 1. Researches; cutting-edge
    2. today’s
    3 An increasing number…; to
    4. run, it may
    5. free to enjoy

  30. Harjot Kaur Ahluwalia says:

    4.school is run – school runs
    5.children should be – they should be free to enjoy their leisure

  31. Harjot Kaur Ahluwalia says:

    1. explorations – exploration
    2. There should be no “even” and “todays” get replaced by today’s.
    3. transports – transportation
    4. run it – run then it
    5. free for enjoy – free to enjoy

  32. Monika Verma says:

    I’m not sure just give answer
    explorations : exploration
    Todays : Today’s
    to to : to
    transports : transport
    Might : may
    For enjoy : to enjoy

  33. Paul Kayode says:

    1.Research in space exploration can lead to new cutting edge technology.
    2.Improving handwriting skills are still essential even in today modern world.
    3.Increasing number of people are choosing to travel by car rather than public transport.
    4.If students are involved in making decisions about how a school is run it might lead to problem.
    5.
    While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure

  34. 1. redundant word ‘new’
    2. plural ‘skills’ should be singular and ‘todays’ should be apostrophe ‘s’
    3. redundant ‘to’ and plural ‘transports’ should be singular
    4. comma after ‘run’, pronoun ‘they’ can be used second time instead of ‘children’
    5. ‘to’ instead of ‘for’

    thanks !

  35. Parth Patel says:

    1. can > may; explorations >exploration
    2. todays > today’s
    3. write ‘to’ twice instead of once; no need to use plural form cause that not exist word such as transports
    4. about > regarding
    5. free for enjoy> free to enjoy

  36. 1. explorations -> exploration
    2. todays -> today’s
    3. to to -> to
    transports -> tranport / transportation system
    4. might -> may
    5. for enjoy -> to enjoy

    Dear Liz,
    I really find your sample writings very useful for my English. How you make to be so economic in WT1s? Many details are included but through less words. I’m learning many from them, but I’m really struggling to reduce my word counts as well as time I’m spending on it…

    Thanks and Best wishes

  37. 1:exploration
    2:today’s
    3:no idea about
    4:school runs
    5:free to enjoy

  38. Just a thought but not sure
    1:Research and exploration are same
    2:Todays and modern sare same
    3: to travel by car THAN public transport.
    4: involved in making decision and how school is run same. I guess
    5:Enjoy time or free for their leisure time.

  39. 1) Research in space explorations, can lead to a new cutting edge technology.
    2) Improving handwriting skills is still essential even in today’s modern world.
    3) Increasing number of people are choosing car to travel rather than public transports.
    4) If students are involved in making decisions about how a school should run then it might lead to problems.
    5) While some people think that children should be given more homework, others believe that children should be free to enjoy their leisure time.

  40. Julia Wu says:

    1. explorations -> exploration
    2. todays -> today’s
    3. transports -> transport; also there are two “to”‘s before “travel”
    4. Not sure. I can’t really spot anything wrong. Unless you mean to add a comma “,” between “run” and “it”.
    5. free for enjoy -> free to enjoy

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