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Editing Problem-Solution Essays

After revising your problem-solution essay, you need to edit it to correct any remaining errors. You'll look closely at sentences, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, usage, and spelling. The following activities will help you edit your essay.

Editing for the Future Tense

When you write about something that hasn’t happened yet, you should add will before the base form of the verb. This will change the sentence to the future tense, expressing action that will happen later. In a problem-solution essay, use the future tense to predict what will result if a solution goes into action.

A school service project will clean and beautify the park.

In this example, the helping verb will shows that the verbs clean and beautify happen in the future.

Use the future tense.

Rewrite the following sentences in the future tense. In some cases, you will have to change the spelling of the main verb. One example is provided for you. Make a copy of this Google doc or download a Word template.

  1. I caught a butterfly.

    I will catch a butterfly.

  2. I walk home from my neighbor’s house.

    I will walk home from my neighbor’s house.

  3. We clean the kitchen.

    We will clean the kitchen.

  4. Workers painted the walls white.

    Workers will paint the walls white.

  5. My family goes to vacation in Florida.

    My family will go to vacation in Florida.

  6. My classmates and I perform in a play at the end of the year.

    My classmates and I will perform in a play at the end of the year.

  7. The rain cools down the pool water.

    The rain will cool down the pool water.

  8. What happens next?

    What will happen next?

This lesson is a part of the Writing Problem-Solution Essays unit.

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