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– Write too many words if your English is average (aim for 250-265)
– Use contractions such as “don’t”, “shouldn’t”, etc
– Overuse connecting words (assessors expect that!)
– Jump from one idea to the next: link, link, link!
– Mix arguments “for” and “against” in the same paragraph
– Use the wrong tone (essays are always formal)
– Use abbreviations
– Repeat words or overuse primitive verbs (does, makes, gets)
– Cross out many things
– Write illegibly
– Use idioms too frequently or inappropriately
– Write in a babyish manner (bad grammar and poorly developed ideas)
– Become a clock victim (constantly look at the clock and panic)
– Start writing without a plan
– Forget to leave a blank line between paragraphs
– Use generalisations (“All”, “Every”) as this reflects an immature way of thinking
– Use simple sentences if you want a high score
– Use cliches as they are often too informal
– Use ‘lazy’ expressions (“and so on”, “etc”).
– Copy part of task question
– Agree with both sides – choose one side to make your opinion clear
– Let adrenaline make you arrogant
– Go off topic
Contractions are shortened words. The word that is formed by shortening one or more words is known as a contraction. An apostrophe is used to replace the missing letter or letters. Some common examples include: I’m, shouldn’t, o’ clock, etc. JumpStart’s ‘Contractions’ is a fun 2nd grade grammar worksheet for kids . This worksheet introduces second graders to commonly used contractions and encourages them to learn to use them in sentences. Free and printable contraction worksheets like this one will help kids in second grade enhance their writing skills!