I love proof-reading assignments for ESL students – as well as helping someone, you also usually get a good laugh out of the phrasings 🙂
You know exactly what they’re trying to say, but it’s just phrased all wrong and therefore means something entirely different!
Case in point:
“In recent years, more and more rapid development of acid rain, from Elmhurst College of Charleston, said…”
Clearly, this is supposed to be saying that someone from Elmhurst has said something about the increase in acid rain. However, the phrasing is totally NOT saying that at the moment.
I’d better finish reading this essay so I can send it back though 🙂
I do wish that you could change the colour of the mark-up boxes on Microsoft word though – I’d like to be able to have different colours for different types of errors (like blue for spelling, green for grammar, red for referencing, yellow for general edits).