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Grammar mistakes in essay

mahras2mahras2 Registered User Posts: 1,977 Senior Member
edited November 2006 in University of Pennsylvania
I read the essay I sent to Penn for ED and found two grammatical mistakes in the introduction. One was a redundancy and in another one I think Word just automatically entered a "which" which shouldn't be there. I really can't believe these grammatical mistakes slipped through considering I had proofread my essay a ridiculous amount of times.

How grave is this offense? Am I looking at a straight through rejection or would they be okay with it?

Just when I thought that the stress couldn't get any greater.......
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Replies to: Grammar mistakes in essay

  • ipoderipoder Registered User Posts: 105 Junior Member
    did you have anyone look over it?

    my essay was looked over my sister, mom, three english teachers before it was sent.

    i think it wouldn't affect the whole process that much if everything else is great. Also, are these mistakes really conspicuous or just minor ones?
  • mahras2mahras2 Registered User Posts: 1,977 Senior Member
    Yea I had a bunch of people look at it.

    They aren't really major:

    The redundancy one was basically "My ignorance at that time stemmed mostly from my ignorance regarding.... " (funny thing is it talks about how I immigrated to the U.S. recently). Its more of a stylistic error as the first "ignorance" refers to something different than the second "ignorance".

    The second one is a "which" that shouldn't be there.
  • letmepassletmepass Registered User Posts: 381 Member
    the sentence sounds a bit awkward, but i don't think u need to worry about it. = D
  • crashingwavescrashingwaves Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    Don't worry about it.
  • frivolousthingsfrivolousthings Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Adcom: "yes, we rejected you because of 2 minor grammatical errors in your essay. because that's like the end of the world because everyone at our school is PERFECT."

    Does that sound ridiculous to you? Because it is. So no, you won't be affected by it, which is something you should know from common sense, seriously.
  • spiderman-rebornspiderman-reborn Registered User Posts: 278 Junior Member
    Lol i didnt show my app essay to anyone before i sent it in. really if you can't trust urself to do things right, who can u? anyway lol bill gates' m word screwed u
  • LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Registered User Posts: 2,015 Senior Member
    My daughter insisted on leaving IN a grammatical mistake that I found because she felt it sounded more natural!
  • mahras2mahras2 Registered User Posts: 1,977 Senior Member
    Thanks for the replies. I really hope this will pan out as you all have stated. I put a lot of work into the essay to show why I want to attend Penn. I would hate for those grammatical inaccuracies to derail any positive impression the admissions officer may have of my essay.
  • paro46paro46 Registered User Posts: 1,256 Senior Member
    worry about it. have panic attacks over it. if you get rejected, it's because of the fact that you have terribly atrocious english skills and thus, do not deserve to attend penn - a school full of 10K+ grammarians.

    i laugh at your downfall =)
  • paro46paro46 Registered User Posts: 1,256 Senior Member
    J.K. > if you didnt catch that b/c internet sarcasm tends to create tension
  • getcrunk123getcrunk123 Registered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    no, minor grammar mistakes mean NOTHING! since they are reading it so fast, they probably wouldn't catch it themselves. Don't worry about it at ll!
  • mahras2mahras2 Registered User Posts: 1,977 Senior Member
    I am hoping for the best. Thanks.
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