Thursday, August 09, 2007

Recognizing obvious errors

Hi and good luck for the assessment today.

After morning tea I shall ask for the writing you did for me yesterday. I will ask you to underline ten of your sentences that you are sure of. I will look at only those and give you a score out of ten.

To practice this, read the following story and list the letters of the sentences that have no ovious mistakes.

A)The owner of a missing cat asking for help. B)“My baby has been missing for over a month now, and I want him back so badly,” said Mrs. Brown, a 56-years-old woman. C)Mrs. Brown lives by herself in a trailer park near Clovis. D)She said that Clyde, her 7-year-old cat, didn’t came home for dinner more than a month ago. E)The next morning he didn’t appear for breakfast either. F)After Clyde missed a extra-special lunch, she called the police.

G)When the policeman asked her to describe Clyde, she told him that Clyde had beautiful green eyes, had all his teeth but was missing half of his left ear, and was seven years old and completely white. H)She than told the officer that Clyde was about a foot high.

I)A bell wen’t off. J)“Is Clyde you child or you pet?” the officer suspiciously asked. K)“Well, he’s my cats, of course,” Mrs. Brown replied. L)“Lady, you’re supposed to report missing PERSONS, not missing CATS,” said the irritated policeman. M)“Well, who can I report this too?” she asked. N)“You be can’t. O)You have to ask around your neighbourhood or put up flyers,” replies the officer.

P)Mrs. Brown figured that a billboard would work a lot better than an 8”x11” piece of paper in a telephone pole. Q)There was an empty billboard at end of her street just off the interstate highway. R)The billboard had a phone number on it. S)She called that number, and they told her they could blow up a picture of Clyde (from Mrs. Brown’s family album) and put it on the billboard for all to see.

T)“But how can people see it when they whiz by on the interstate?” she asked. U)“Oh, don’t worry, ma’am, they only whiz by during 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. V)The rest of the day, the interstate are so full of commuters that no one moves.” W)They told her it would cost only $3,000 a month. X)So, she took many of the money out of her savings account and rented the billboard for a month.

Y)The month has passed, but Clyde has not appeared. Z)Because she has almost not money in savings, Mrs. Brown called the local newspaper to see if anyone could help her rent the billboard for just one more month. @)She is waiting but, so far, no one has stepped forward.

Write the letters of the 10 sentences that have no obvious mistakes.

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