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    Is this sentence correct?

    Is this sentence correct?

    "The Treaty of Tripoli was made 21 years later than the constitution on which we declared independence from Britain."

    The dispute is about the way constitution is used.

    Merriam-Webster defines constitution as:

    1: an established law or custom : ordinance

    2a : the physical makeup of the individual especially with respect to the health, strength, and appearance of the body

    2b : the structure, composition, physical makeup, or nature of something

    3: the act of establishing, making, or setting up

    4: the mode in which a state or society is organized; especially : the manner in which sovereign power is distributed

    5a : the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it

    5b : a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization




    "The Declaration of Independence" was signed on 1776.

    "The Constitution" was signed in 1787.

    "The Treaty of Tripoli" was signed in 1797.

    Your help is appreciated.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    The Declaration of Independence is not a constitution. It is an open letter to the world. It does not establish a government for our nation.

    Also, I would say "21 years after" rather than "later than."

    And, "made" seems a pedestrian word to use for a treaty. "Enacted" or "ratified" is better.

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    Re: Is this sentence correct?

    Thanks.

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