Writing for Purpose Grammar Exercise

Sentences to correct

Microsoft have been steadily increasing investment in intellectual property, and claim to be making it more widely and cheaply available.
Microsoft has been steadily increasing investment in intellectual property, and claim to be making it more widely and cheaply available.

Joe Bloggs was found guilty of stealing a marrow at Plymouth Magistrate’s Court yesterday.
Joe Bloggs was found guilty of stealing a marrow at Plymouth Magistrates Court yesterday.

Alot of shareholders have been selling their stock; because of the chairman’s resignation
A lot of shareholders have been selling their stock because of the chairman’s resignation.

Whom would you think are exhibiting at the show?
Who do you think is exhibiting at the show?

Driving around a bend, the tree hit his car.
Driving around a bend, his car hit the tree.

Unemployment conditions in the south might be as bad, if not worse than, any in the north.
Unemployment conditions in the south might be as bad as, if not worse than, any in the north.

President, Bill Clinton, said the incident is a disgrace.
President Bill Clinton said the incident was a disgrace.

Bulgarian childrens’ food is different than English.
Bulgarian children’s food is different to English children’s food.

The packed lunch comprised of sandwiches, cheese and biscuits and coffee.
The packed lunch comprised of sandwiches, cheese and biscuits, and coffee.

To be a good subeditor, one must have patience with PC’s and learn to use your eyes.
To be a good sub-editor, you must have patience with PCs and learn to use your eyes.

The criteria for choosing financial advisors should be independence, not friendliness.
The criteria for choosing financial advisors should be based on independence not friendliness.

There are less people using public transport now than ever before.
There are fewer people using public transport now.

The vice chairman wrestled with a six foot man eating shark.
The vice chairman wrestled with a six-foot, man-eating shark.

There were less applicants for the editors job than anticipated.
There were fewer applicants for the editor’s job than anticipated.

Mr Jones said his company has acheived its success in his time as chairman by combining their quality products with inventive internet marketing.
Mr Jones said his company had achieved its success in his time as chairman by combining its quality products with inventive Internet marketing.

Their going to hate this
They’re going to hate this.

Its a quiet time for the Rolling stones, though there new album should draw attention.
It’s a quiet time for the Rolling Stones, although their new album should attract attention.

Between you and I, Fred’s work was better than Jim, who did not even try.
Between me and you, Fred’s work was better than Jim’s, who didn’t even try.

“Thank’s very much”, Sheila said, “I never wanted to cause trouble”.
“Thanks very much,” said Sheila, “I never wanted to cause trouble.”

I am the oldest of three boys, but my brothers are already as tall as I.
I am the eldest of three boys, but my brothers are already as tall as I am.

The companies profit was lower than planned. So it has put off building a new plant in Shrewsbury.
The company’s profit was lower than expected, so it has postponed building a new plant in Shrewsbury.

Due to bad weather the bus who’s driver is always happy, has been cancelled.
Due to bad weather the bus, whose driver is always happy, has been cancelled.

Following the argument, he packed his bags and went even further away
Following the argument, he packed his bags and went away.

Tony Blair said he would try and lower inflation.
Tony Blair said he would try to lower inflation.

The newscaster inferred by his body language that troops had blocked his entry to the country.
The newscaster’s body language inferred that troops had blocked his entry into the country.

The fire caused extensive damage, but the house was ensured.
The fire caused extensive damage but the house was insured.

I was surprised to hear that the party transpired twice a week.
I was surprised to hear the party happened twice a week.

Linux allows users to have greater control over their computers.
Linux allows better control of its computers.

He avoided trouble by walking away from the gang.
He walked from the gang to avoid trouble.

The thief gave police the alibi that he had been suffering from stress.
The thief gave police an alibi which claimed he had been suffering from stress.

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