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I received a question asking for the three forms of an amendment. Are they


1) Add


2) Insert and Strike Out


3) Substitue


From p.134 of RONR (11th ed.) 


1. First process: to insert, or to add.

  a. To insert words, or, if they are placed at the end of the sentence or passage being amended, to add words.

  b. To insert a paragraph, or, if it is placed at the end, to add a paragraph.


 2. Second process: to strike out.*

  a. To strike out words.

  b. To strike out a paragraph.


3. Third process: an indivisible combination of processes (1) and (2) having the following forms:

  a. To strike out and insert (which applies to words).

  b. To substitute; that is, in effect, to strike out a paragraph, or the entire text of a resolution or main motion, and insert another in its place.** (Note that substitute is a technical parliamentary term that is not applied to anything less than a complete paragraph of one or more sentences, so that this term is not applicable to Form 3[a].)

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No.  Well, close, but not exactly.


They are:

1.  Insert or add

2.  Strike out

3a Strike out  and insert (when applied to words)

3b to substitute (when applied to complete paragraphs or the entire text of a motion)


See page 134 for details


Edited to add:  Mr. Mervosh gave you the key parts of the text from page 134 in post # 2.


Edited again to add:  Don't get the impression that the info from page 134 is all that RONR has to say about amendments.  It isn't.  The chapter on amendments is 37 pages.  Mr. Mervosh and I gave you the highlights from one page.  :)

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