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Can a motion be amended before it has received a second?

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Yes and no. the Chairman will/should assist the mover of a motion if the wording is not proper in some fashion - for example, if the mover stated something with a double negative. Or the mover could correct something in the motion he/she just made. Otherwise, a 'normal' amendment would be made after the second has been made and the CHairman stated the motion.

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Yes and no. the Chairman will/should assist the mover of a motion if the wording is not proper in some fashion - for example, if the mover stated something with a double negative. Or the mover could correct something in the motion he/she just made. Otherwise, a 'normal' amendment would be made after the second has been made and the CHairman stated the motion.

Also, before the chair has stated the question, whether the motion has been seconded or not, another member can propose a modification to the motion, which the maker can accept or decline. If the maker accepts the modification, if it has been seconded already the seconding member may withdraw his second, but this circumstance (a motion made by one member and modified by another with the maker's agreement) creates the "second" by virtue of that agreement. (RONR 11th Ed., p. 40 ll. 16-35)

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