Language learners and native speakers alike: Are you ready for a challenge? I’ve made a mess of my writing and need YOUR help to fix it!
The paragraphs below each contain MORE THAN 30 MISTAKES, ranging from spelling, verb tense, punctuation… Anything’s game!
Lower-level learners, try to find at least 10 errors. Is anyone up to the challenge of fixing everything? Give it your best shot; then, check your answer on the second page. If you have any questions, send me an e-mail and I can walk you through it.
All editing challenges are adapted from https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history (2022). Check out their site for more fun historical trivia!
On This Day: March 24
Wen the giant tankship Exxon Valdez ran a ground on a reef off the coast off Alaska on March 24, 1989 the result oil spill –one of the worst in american history were devastating on more ways then one. Eleven millions gallons crude oil pollutes over 700 miles of coastline, and hundreds of thousand of animals dead, thousands of volunteer flocked to joining the cleanup affort , but pour management and difficult terrains meaned that only tenth percent of the mess ended up to getting cleaned completely. One private company tried dropping chemical dispersant from helicopters. But this may have an equal deadly an effect on local wild life. Hold the Exxon Corporation responsible for they’re disaster were just as challenging? Captain Joseph hazelwood accused of drinked at the time of accident, leaving a uncertified crewman to steering the ship unsupervised. Unfortunate, he received not punish for these negligence do to an Alaskan law that granted immunity to any individual whom reported an oils spill.The company it self was originally threatened to a criminial penalty of 100$ million, but ended up paying just one four of that amount.
On This Day: March 23
Whether you espell it OK. Ok, okay, or even okie dokie, there is not denying this words popularity. On fact, it is won of most wide recognizable words in the entire word. But where done it come for. These question puzzled linguists four many years, nowadays, most experts agree that a term first appear in print at an article of The Boston morning post on March 23, 1939, as a abbreviation for “oll korrect”. No, thats not a mistake you’re need to korrect. You see, at that time it were popular among educated youth of the day two misspell frases at purpose, and than used those abbreviations in day conversation, another example was “KY” which standed for “no use “know yuse”). If you thinks about it, that’s no many different then some of hour modern slang today “xtreme”, “kewl”, “phat” “thicc”, etc. That fad ended, but OK sticks. What making it’s so special? Luckily, OK were also the initials by presidential Candidate Martin VanBuren, “Old Kinderhook”. Him supporters adopted the abbreviation through out his campaign and, latter, his president. Ensuring it’s survival for centuries to came.
On This Day: March 20
According top scholars of the day studied at the university of Paris, the “Black Death” was create on March 20, 1345, form a “triple conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and mars in the 40st degree of Aquarius. Modern scientists argued that what we now now as the Bubonic Plague were actually caused bacteria spread by fleas by rats. Some experts believe which the disease could has existed for thousand of years on Europe before this, the first confirmed case is in Mongolia around 1320 .From there it moved rapid, spread dead and devastation. One variant killed 95% those who catched it. The plague gotten to Europe in 1346, and by 1352 one three of entire continent’s population has died – as many as 25 millions. No matter what the researchers said , most persons of the time blaming religious minorities in their communityes. They tortured and murder whiches, gypsies, and jews, while some went so far as to hurting themselves, to, in order to convince God that them was truly sorry. All of this maked a bad situation much much worst thanks goodness we better prepared to handle massive pandemic today?
On This Day: March 19
March 19 1953, marked the one time which normal people all around the county could seat at their living rooms. And watch they’re favorite movie stars and directors receive recognition at the 25th Annual Academy Awards ceremony? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences was found on 1927 in order to advanced the technology of movie making and promote industry. Too years later, it hands out it’s first “Oscar award, supposedly calling that because the little statue resembled the head librarian’s uncle Oscar. Noone there were really surprised by any of the announcements, however. Because the results had already were announced a few month earliest. These process continued for another ten years, with newspapers keep the average moviegoer guessing until the day after event. That changed, thow, after one publication decides issue the results early, ever sense, the Academy has using a sealed envelope system for greater secrecy. To their big 25th anniversary television debut, popular Comedian Bob Hope was bringing in as the M.C (master of Ceremonies). Fredric March one Best Actor, and Best Picture goed to The Greatest show on Earth.
On This Day: March 18
The bombing by Pearl Harbor on December 7 1941, plunged United States into World War 2nd, it also sparks a powerful wave of anti-Japanese sentiment. Could these people really be trust. Of course, there were plenty of hatred for ethnic Germans an Italians during those time aswell, but non would to suffer more at United States soil then Japanese-Americans. War Relocation Authority was created on March 18 of the followed year for “Take all pepole of Japan descent in to custody, surround they with troops, prevent them from buy land, and returned them to their former homes at the close of the war.” On other words, entire families – 120,000 men, women, and children – was forced out of they’re homes. Despite having commit no crimes, and sended to internment camps too life like prisoners in their own country. After a war as if starving in the camps four for years weren’t enough, many have nothing to return home to? They had lose their homes an businesses, and continued to faced racial discriminate at every turn a formal apology from the US. government and reparation checks at $20,000 come eventually, so no until 1990.
On This Day: March 17
Saint Patrick, original Maewyn Succat, born in Britannia during twilight years of the Roman empire. He was capture by Irish raiders when she were 16 and worked a slave for six year before managing to escape. Incredibly how ever, he willingly returns to Ireland on 432, believing that he had called by God to christianize the pagans their, and, for his death in 461, almost the entire iland had was converted. Today, he honored as patron saint of Ireland and a potent symbol of all things Ireland. The day of the dead, March 17, it’s celebrated all over the World. On the United States, we say that every one is Irish on these day. Who don’t love a pint of green bear. If you dont where the color green, don’t surprised if someone pinch you! Parades are also very populars. The first ever St Patrick’s Day Parade was hold in modern-day St. Augustine, Florida, under the direction of the spanish colonys Irish vicar, the Parades in Boston (starting in 1737) and New York City (1762) is much more famous today, thou.
On This Day: March 16
The chinese where the first two develop military rockets with gunpowder weigh back in the 13rd century, butt it was a American who made man’s dream of travelling in to space possible by launching the very first liquid-fueled rocket on March 16, 1926. Inspired by HG. Well’s science fiction classic War of the worlds as a young men. Robert H. Goddard begun apply his know of fysics and mathematics to work out the best kind of fuel to get humans into space. Unfortunately, most people thinked he was crazy, even after he was successfully proven that rockets could to move in the airless vaccuum of space. On 1920, The New York Times go so far as accuse him of be dummer then a high school student (and editorial that officially corrected fourty-nine years later, just before the first Apollo mission was launched, nonetheless, Goddard ignored his critics and soldiered on, continued to experiment and test different kinds of rockets up until his dead in 1945. Sadly he never lives to see man walk at the moon, but non of it would have was possible with out Goddards genius and tireless perseverant.