PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The movement to build a community garden in the empty lot was slowly gaining momentum, and Mrs. Higgins was already excitedly asking nurseries to donate plants. No error.

Possible Answers:

to build

in the empty lot

was

No error.

excitedly

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! The verb “to build” is correct in the infinitive, “in the empty lot” is an appropriate prepositional phrase, “was” is a verb in the correct tense, and “excitedly” is an adverb that modifies a verb. 

Example Question #1 : Identifying No Error Questions

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The bright red of a matador’s cape does not incite bulls to charge; cattle do not perceive red as a bright colorNo error.

Possible Answers:

does not incite

perceive

as a bright color

bright red

No error.

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Bright red” works here as a noun, “does not incite” is a verb that matches its subject, “perceive” is a verb that is correctly formed, and “as a bright color” is an appropriate prepositional phrase.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The general blatantly ignored the lessons of history and commanded his army to invade Russia in the winterNo error.

Possible Answers:

to invade

No error.

blatantly

and commanded

in the winter

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Blatantly” is an adverb that modifies a verb, “and commanded” uses parallel structure, “to invade” is correct as an infinitive, and “in the winter” is a correctly formed prepositional phrase.

Example Question #4 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

As globalizing forces reach out to remote corners of the globe, some worry that we will become a homogenous universal culture. No error.

Possible Answers:

some

No error.

reach out to 

will become

globalizing

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Globalizing” can be used as an adjective, “reach out to” uses the correct prepositions following the verb, “some” is an appropriate pronoun, and “will become” correctly uses future tense.

Example Question #5 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The first landing of a man on the moon, a feat that many people considered impossible, was a historical highlight of the 1960s. No error. 

Possible Answers:

that

No error.

historical

considered impossible

first landing

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “First landing” is an appropriate adjective-noun combination, “that” is the correct relative pronoun, “considered impossible” is an appropriate verb-adjective combination, and “historical” is an adjective that correctly modifies a noun.

Example Question #6 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

A born performer, Maria would much rather sing and dance on stage all day than work in her isolated cubicleNo error.

Possible Answers:

than work in her isolated cubicle

would

No error.

A born performer

on stage

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “A born performer” is a correctly placed phrase modifying “Maria,” “would” is appropriate use of the conditional voice, “on stage” is the correct idiom, and “than work in her isolated cubicle” is a correctly-formed comparison.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The stores filled with chocolates and hearts as Valentine’s Day approached, but Dave scoffed at the trite romantic commercialism. No error.

Possible Answers:

filled with

romantic commercialism

No error.

but

as

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Filled with” uses the right preposition after the verb, “as” starts off an adverbial phrase correctly, “but” is the right conjunction for the logic of the sentence, and “romantic commercialism” is a correct adjective-noun combination.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The music lilted over the hills, creating a lovely soundtrack to the townspeople’s day. No error.

Possible Answers:

creating

music lilted

No error.

townspeople's day

lovely

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Music” and “lilted” agree, “creating” is the correct way to start a gerund phrase, “lovely” is an adjective that modifies a noun, and “townspeople’s day” uses apostrophes correctly.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Bicycles need regular maintenance to keep them performing wellNo error.

Possible Answers:

them

need

No error.

regular

performing well

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Need” is a verb that agrees with its plural subject, “regular” is an adjective that modifies a noun, “them” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent, and “performing well” is an appropriate verb-adverb combination.

Example Question #4 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

Fueled by a grim determination, Jonathan pushed the wheelbarrow full of bricks up to the top of the last hillNo error.

Possible Answers:

grim

Jonathan pushed

the last hill

No error.

Fueled by

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Fueled by” is the correct verb-preposition combination, “grim” is an adjective modifying a noun, “Jonathan pushed” has a verb in the right tense and person, and “the last hill” is an appropriate adjective-noun combination.

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