Writers’ Workshop: Exercise Two


Point out and correct the faults in the following sentences:

1. During childhood his mother had died.

2. Any language study is good mind training while acquiring vocabulary.

3. My farm consisted of about twenty acres of excellent land, having given a hundred pounds for my predecessor’s lease.

4. Prepared to encounter a woman of disordered mind, the appearance presented by Mrs. Taylor at his entrance greatly astonished him.

5. Pale and swooning, with two broken legs, they carried him into the house.

6. Count Cassini, the Russian plenipotentiary, had several long and intimate conversations during the tedious weeks of the conference with his British colleague, Sir Arthur Nicholson.

7. But though they had been victorious in the land engagements, they were so little decisive as to lead to no important results.

8. Knowing nothing of the rules of the college or of its customs, it was with the greatest difficulty that the Dean could make me comprehend wherein my wrong-doing lay.

9. Fire, therefore, was the first object of my search. Happily, some embers were found upon the hearth, together with potato-stalks and dry chips. Of these, with much difficulty, I kindled a fire, by which some warmth was imparted to our shivering limbs.

10. In this connection a great deal of historic fact is introduced into the novel about the past history of the cathedral and of Spain.

11. Over the whole scene hung the haze of twilight that is so peaceful.

12. Compared with Italy, living is more expensive.

13. It is a fundamental principle of law to believe a man innocent until he is proved guilty, and once proved guilty, to remain so until proved to the contrary.

14. Not only had the writer entrée to the titled families of Italy in whose villas she was hospitably entertained, but by royalty also.

15. It is not a strange sight to catch a glimpse of deer along the shore.

16. Earnings from other sources are of such a favorable character as to enable a splendid showing to be made by the company.

17. But while earnings have mounted amazingly, the status of affairs is such as to make it impossible to predict the course events may take, with any degree of accuracy.

Enjoy. After we’ve left this up a bit, the editors will weigh in.



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