I have read this sentence

In 1868, Sioux leaders signed a [a]treaty [b]preventing whites from [c]travelling through the Sioux [d]territorial"

I know the answer is territorial, but I thought it had to be preventing. Could you explain to me? Why is "preventing" correct?

  • I can't understand why the mistake is d ( territorial), could you explain it to me? – Kate Nguyen May 19 '18 at 18:30
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    The sentence probably should be saying thorough the Sioux territory. You need a noun there. The word territorial is more commonly used as an adjective (although territorial can also be a noun, it means something different and definitely wouldn't work in your context) which means relating to the ownership of an area of land. – Michael Rybkin May 19 '18 at 18:43
  • Sorry, thorough the word would be wrong here in any case. To travel through Sioux territory. Kate, you have not reproduced the sentence correctly. Please fix it. – Lambie May 19 '18 at 19:12
  • @Lambie That's right. It should be through. That was my bad. – Michael Rybkin May 19 '18 at 19:48
  • @MichaelRybkin No worries. The OP still needs to correct herself. – Lambie May 19 '18 at 19:56

You didn't say this, but I assume you are asking:

I have been asked to identify which word is incorrect. I have 4 choices - a, b, c and d. The correct choice is "territorial". I think the correct choice is "preventing". Why is the correct answer "territorial" and not "preventing"?

Grammatically "territorial" should be "territory."

When you say "the", I believe the next word that should follow is a noun. "Territorial" is an adjective. So you can't say "the territorial".

"Territory" is a noun, so you can say "the territory".

"Preventing" is used correctly here. If that doesn't make sense to you, try using one of these words: "forbidding", "disallowing", "stopping". All of those words are similar to "preventing" in this context.

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