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    A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    Hello,

    I have got a book written by Debra Philips for TOEFL preparation. In a exercise from the Writing section students must proofread some provided texts. I have done one of them but it seems that my corrections are different from the answer keys of the book. I think my corrections are ok too but I'm not sure about it. would you please take a look at my corrections and tell me your opinions regarding them?

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    I understand that it seems importantly for a student to prepare early their assignments rather than procrastinate in getting assignments done. However, although I understand this clear, I always seem to wait until the finally minute to get assigning projects done. There are two reasons why I regular procrastinate on my assignments academic in spite of the fact that this is not a best way to get my work done.
    My corrections:

    I understand that it seems importantly important for a student to prepare early their his assignments early rather than procrastinate in getting assignments done. However, although I understand this clear Although understanding this clearly, I always seem to wait until the finally minute final minutes to get assigning projects done to do the assigned projects. There are two reasons why I regular regularly procrastinate on in my assignments academic in spite of the fact that this is not a the best way to get my work done to do my works.
    The Answer Key:

    I understand that it seems importantly important for a students to prepare early their assignments their assignments early rather than procrastinate in getting assignments done. However, although I understand this clear clearly, I always seem to wait until the finally final minute to get assigning assigned projects done. There are two reasons why I regular regularly procrastinate on my assignments academic academic assignments in spite of the fact that this is not a the best way to get my work done.
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    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    Nobody wants to help me?

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    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    I have some comments:
    1. For a general statement and to avoid gender bias, using "students" and "they" are preferred in the first sentence, though your sentence is not incorrect.
    2. The first part of the second sentence is an independent clause which requires the subject "I".
    3. It is usually "the last/final minute(singular)" rather the "the final minutes".
    4. There is a difference between "to do something"(which you have written) and "to get something done". The latter implies "doing until completion".
    5. I think the preposition to go with "procrastinate" could be "on" or "in" but since the former is used, there is no need to correct it.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    Rather than "importantly" say "important" there. (First paragraph.)

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    #5

    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    OK. You did it right. I will pay attention better from now on.

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    #6

    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    I would have done it exactly the way it has it in the answer key.

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    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    One thing. Say:

    I have a book.

    There are two words I would never use:

    importantly, opt

    (OK, two things.)

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    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    Any questions?

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    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Any questions?
    Well, I couldn't understand what you meant in post #7. 'I have a book' What do you mean? are my corrections fine too?

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    #10

    Re: A writing exercise from Debra Philip's book

    You said:

    I have got a book.

    Leave out the "got" there.

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