Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ameliorate the Boxer Rebellion

Directions: there are two missing commas in the sentence below.
In 1900 in what became known as the Boxer Rebellion a Chinese secret organization led an uprising in northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese influence in China. 


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Suggested Answer:
In 1900, in what became known as the Boxer Rebellion, a Chinese secret organization led an uprising in northern China against the spread of Western and Japanese influence in China. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Ameliorate the Pendleton Civil Service Act

Directions: there are two missing commas. Think about apposition when deciding where the commas should be placed.

The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1883 which established that positions within the federal government should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation.

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suggested answer:
The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act is a United States federal law, enacted in 1883, which established that positions within the federal government should be awarded on the basis of merit instead of political affiliation.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ameliorate Darwinism

Directions: Please grammatically correct this sentence. There are three missing commas and one missing apostrophe.

Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small inherited variations that increase the individuals ability to compete survive and reproduce.

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suggested Answer:
Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution stating that all species of organisms arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual's ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ameliorate Jefferson Davis

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red. The suggested answer is at the bottom of the screen. There are two missing commas and an omitted period.

Jefferson Finis Davis was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America he was a planter politician and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. 

Suggested correction:
Jefferson Finis Davis was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. He was a planter, politician, and soldier born in Kentucky and raised in Mississippi. 
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ameliorate Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Directions: grammatically correct the sentences below; they are missing six commas and one apostrophe.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist social activist abolitionist and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls New York is often credited with initiating the first organized womens rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States.

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Suggested Answer:

Elizabeth Cady Stanton was an American suffragist, social activist, abolitionist, and leading figure of the early women's rights movement. Her Declaration of Sentiments, presented at the Seneca Falls Convention held in 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York, is often credited with initiating the first organized women's rights and women's suffrage movements in the United States.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Ameliorate the Tariff of Abominations

Directions: students should grammatically correct the sentences below, in red. There are two missing commas and two sentences. The suggested correction is at the bottom of the page.

The "Tariff of Abominations" was a tariff designed to protect industry in the northern United States and was passed by Congress on May 19 1828 labeled the Tariff of Abominations by its southern detractors the tariff was viewed as a threat to the antebellum Southern economy.

John C. Calhoun was the leading voice in attacking the Tariff of Abominations.

Suggested Correction: 

The "Tariff of Abominations" was a tariff designed to protect industry in the northern United States and was passed by Congress on May 19, 1828. Labeled the Tariff of Abominations by its southern detractors, the tariff was viewed as a threat to the antebellum Southern economy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ameliorate the Cotton Gin

Directions: grammatically correct the sentence(s) below, in red. There are three missing commas. The suggested answer is at the very bottom of the page.

Prior to the introduction of the mechanical cotton gin cotton had required considerable labor to clean and separate the fibers from the seeds. With Eli Whitney’s invention cotton became a tremendously profitable business creating many fortunes in the Antebellum South.




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Suggested answer:
Prior to the introduction of the mechanical cotton gin, cotton had required considerable labor to clean and separate the fibers from the seeds. With Eli Whitney’s invention, cotton became a tremendously profitable business, creating many fortunes in the Antebellum South.