Many words are commonly misspelled, but this list can help you identify some of the proper forms. In order to avoid misplaced modifiers, make sure the intended person or thing is completing the action of the sentence. Items in lists should be parallel to make the lists easier to read. Slang is not acceptable in academic writing, and this list can help you avoid some common errors. Checking to make sure your subject-verb agreement is accurate will prevent confusion. Accurate word choice avoids errors in writing and makes you look more knowledgeable. Knowing the difference between active and passive voice will strengthen your writing style.