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Underlining in color

One of Anne’s big priorities when she does written assignments is to make sure she doesn’t make noun-adjective gender and number mistakes. 

Her strategy consists of four steps:

  • She begins by printing a sample of her writing first, and by underlining all the nouns and their agreeing adjectives in a matching color.
  • Anne looks through color sets and makes sure her “adjective-noun number and gender agreement[s] are correct.”  She doesn’t look for “other mistakes that might be in the composition at [that] point, such as problems with verbs or … sentence structure.”
  • If there are mistakes, Anne crosses the incorrect forms out and writes the correct forms above them. 
  • “Once I’ve gone through all my paper like this, I … correct it on the computer.”




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