In an attempt to improve highway safety Prunty County last year lowered its speed limit from 55 to 45 miles per hour on all county highways But this effort has failed the number of accidents has not decreased and based on reports by the highway patrol man

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In an attempt to improve highway safety, Prunty County last year lowered its speed limit from 55 to 45 miles per hour on all county highways. But this effort has failed: the number of accidents has not decreased, and, based on reports by the highway patrol, many drivers are exceeding the speed limit. Prunty County should instead undertake the same kind of road improvement project that Butler County completed five years ago: increasing lane widths, resurfacing rough highways, and improving visibility at dangerous intersections. Today, major Butler County roads still have a 55 mph speed limit, yet there were 25 percent fewer reported accidents in Butler County this past year than there were five years ago.

Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument.

The author recommends that Prunty County should implement the road improvement project such as increasing lane width, resurfacing rough highways, and improving visibility at dangerous intersections carried out by Butler County to reduce the number of road accidents on its county highways. However, before the argument can be properly evaluted, one would require further pieces of evidence mentioned below.

Firstly, are Butler County and Prunty County similar? In other words, can the evidence from one County be used to predict the outcome for another County? There is a possibility that Prunty County and Butler Country are remarkably different - perhaps Prunty County is more bucolic in nature while the Butler County is densely packed with people flooding on highways. Futhermore, it is possible that the highways in Prunty County are in pristine conditions whereas the highways in Butler County require overhaul at periodic intrevals due to wearing of the road surface by heavy traffic. If either of the scenarios has merit, then the author's recommendation would not prove to be beneficial for the Prunty County. Thus, it is imperative to understand the similarities and differences between both the counties.

Secondly, is there any legal action taken against the people in Prunty County for exceeding the speed limit? The author mentions that people in Prunty County often exceed the speed limit. However, he does not specify if a legal action is being taken against them or not. Implementing a law that would punish law breakers would to be the panacae for mitigating the occurence of road accidents. Such law would discourage people from exceeding the speed limit and thus serve to bring down the number of road accidents in Prunty County. If the county does not have such law, then the author providing a nostrum for reducing the number of accidents in Prunty County.

Finally, are there any other factors that are resposible for road accidents in Prunty county? The author prematurely assumes that exceeding the speed limit is the major factor for road accidents in Prunty County. However, this may not be true. Perhaps, the number of vehicles on the highways has been increasing and this increasing trend could be the reason for not decreasing road accidents. If this turns our to be true, then the author's line of reasoning is significantly weakened.

Therefore, the argument, as it stands, is unpursuasive as it does not provide any information addressing any of the above posed questions. If the author can provide evidence that answers the above questions in a detailed manner leaving no room for ambiguity, one would be in a better position to evaluate the argument.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 3, column 633, Rule ID: POSSESIVE_APOSTROPHE[1]
Message: Possible typo: apostrophe is missing. Did you mean 'authors'' or 'author's'?
Suggestion: authors'; author's
...er of the scenarios has merit, then the authors recommendation would not prove to be be...
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Line 9, column 208, Rule ID: IN_A_X_MANNER[1]
Message: Consider replacing "in a detailed manner" with adverb for "detailed"; eg, "in a hasty manner" with "hastily".
...idence that answers the above questions in a detailed manner leaving no room for ambiguity, one woul...
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, finally, first, firstly, however, if, may, second, secondly, so, then, therefore, thus, whereas, while, such as, in other words

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 25.0 19.6327345309 127% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 12.0 12.9520958084 93% => OK
Conjunction : 7.0 11.1786427146 63% => OK
Relative clauses : 8.0 13.6137724551 59% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 19.0 28.8173652695 66% => OK
Preposition: 51.0 55.5748502994 92% => OK
Nominalization: 12.0 16.3942115768 73% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 2261.0 2260.96107784 100% => OK
No of words: 435.0 441.139720559 99% => OK
Chars per words: 5.19770114943 5.12650576532 101% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.56690854021 4.56307096286 100% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.68674525695 2.78398813304 97% => OK
Unique words: 203.0 204.123752495 99% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.466666666667 0.468620217663 100% => OK
syllable_count: 706.5 705.55239521 100% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.6 1.59920159681 100% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 4.0 4.96107784431 81% => OK
Article: 5.0 8.76447105788 57% => OK
Subordination: 6.0 2.70958083832 221% => Less adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 1.0 1.67365269461 60% => OK
Preposition: 2.0 4.22255489022 47% => More preposition wanted as sentence beginning.

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 21.0 19.7664670659 106% => OK
Sentence length: 20.0 22.8473053892 88% => OK
Sentence length SD: 57.3629491615 57.8364921388 99% => OK
Chars per sentence: 107.666666667 119.503703932 90% => OK
Words per sentence: 20.7142857143 23.324526521 89% => OK
Discourse Markers: 6.28571428571 5.70786347227 110% => OK
Paragraphs: 5.0 5.15768463074 97% => OK
Language errors: 2.0 5.25449101796 38% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 5.0 8.20758483034 61% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 10.0 6.88822355289 145% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 6.0 4.67664670659 128% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.237616674991 0.218282227539 109% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.0824542890001 0.0743258471296 111% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.0679252275858 0.0701772020484 97% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.133199432231 0.128457276422 104% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0717459194641 0.0628817314937 114% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 13.4 14.3799401198 93% => Automated_readability_index is low.
flesch_reading_ease: 51.18 48.3550499002 106% => OK
smog_index: 3.1 7.1628742515 43% => Smog_index is low.
flesch_kincaid_grade: 11.1 12.197005988 91% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 12.88 12.5979740519 102% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.55 8.32208582834 103% => OK
difficult_words: 108.0 98.500998004 110% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 11.5 12.3882235529 93% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.0 11.1389221557 90% => OK
text_standard: 13.0 11.9071856287 109% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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Attribute Value Ideal
Final score: 4.0 out of 6
Category: Good Excellent
No. of Grammatical Errors: 6 2
No. of Spelling Errors: 9 2
No. of Sentences: 21 15
No. of Words: 435 350
No. of Characters: 2205 1500
No. of Different Words: 195 200
Fourth Root of Number of Words: 4.567 4.7
Average Word Length: 5.069 4.6
Word Length SD: 2.614 2.4
No. of Words greater than 5 chars: 184 100
No. of Words greater than 6 chars: 118 80
No. of Words greater than 7 chars: 83 40
No. of Words greater than 8 chars: 52 20
Use of Passive Voice (%): 0 0
Avg. Sentence Length: 20.714 21.0
Sentence Length SD: 8.548 7.5
Use of Discourse Markers (%): 0.81 0.12
Sentence-Text Coherence: 0.355 0.35
Sentence-Para Coherence: 0.557 0.50
Sentence-Sentence Coherence: 0.133 0.07
Number of Paragraphs: 5 5