SAT Writing : Correcting Modifier-Word Modified Agreement Errors

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Example Question #1 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

The belief in evil spirits remains quite widespread in many different part of the world.

Possible Answers:

many different parts of the world.

many different part of a world.

many different part of the world.

many differentiated part of the world.

many different part of the world.

Correct answer:

many different parts of the world.

Explanation:

The error in the underlined portion of the sentence is its use of the singular form "part" after the adjectives "many different." As both adjectives indicate the plurality of the noun they describe, the singular noun "part" needs to be a plural noun to correct the error. "Many different parts of the world" is the correct answer choice because it is the only one in which this error is corrected.

Example Question #97 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Unlike the plants at this local greenhouse, which has been around for thirty years, that at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Possible Answers:

them at the chain store is wilted and dying.

that at the chain store are wilted and dying.

that at the chain store is wilted and dying.

those at the chain store are wilted and dying.

them at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Correct answer:

those at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Explanation:

Because "the plants" is a plural subject, the corresponding pronoun must be a plural subject pronoun. "Those" is the word that matches.

Example Question #98 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

Peter believed that, despite all of the differing opinion on the subject, his theory about particle physics would be proven correct one day.

Possible Answers:

despite all of the differing subject on the opinion

despite all of the opinion differing on the subject

despite all of the differing opinions on the subject

despite all of the differing opinion on the subject

despite all of differing the opinion on the subject

Correct answer:

despite all of the differing opinions on the subject

Explanation:

The phrase "all of" indicates that the noun it is modifying in the sentence should be plural. Therefore, "opinion" should be "opinions," and the correct phrase is "despite all of the differing opinions on the subject."

Example Question #2 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

Despite the challenges involved, karate consists of many learnable technique that can be mastered by people from all walks of life. 

Possible Answers:

consists of many learnable techniques

consists of many learnables technique

consists of technique many learnable

consists of many learnable technique

consists of many learnables techniques

Correct answer:

consists of many learnable techniques

Explanation:

The adjective "many" in this sentence is intended to modify a plural noun; therefore, the correct phrase should be "many learnable techniques."

Example Question #3 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Jamie wasn't aware that Lisa didn't want to be treated like those; she preferred to get to know her friends well before she hugged them. 

Possible Answers:

be treated like those

be treated like these

be treated like thats

be treated like that

be treated like this

Correct answer:

be treated like that

Explanation:

The error in the sentence is in the use of the word "those," as the remainder of the sentence refers to a specific way Lisa prefers to be treated. Therefore, "those" should become "that" and the underlined phrase should become "be treated like that." 

Example Question #863 : Improving Sentences

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Having been alls over the world, Jeremy could confidently say that his favorite place to be is right here in his hometown.

Possible Answers:

Having alls over the world been

Having been alls over the world

Having been over alls the world

Having been all over the world

Having all been over the world

Correct answer:

Having been all over the world

Explanation:

The error in this sentence is the word "alls," which does not follow the rules of standard written English within the context of the sentence. We should change the word to "all," with the correct phrasing as "Having been all over the world."

Example Question #4 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Kasia was initially confused by all of the different part involved in constructing the cabinet, but she eventually came to understand how everything fit together.

Possible Answers:

all different of the part

all of the different parts

all the different part

all the part different

all of the different part

Correct answer:

all of the different parts

Explanation:

The word "part" must be pluralized in order to reflect the use of the word "all." We should therefore change the phrase to "all of the different parts."

Example Question #5 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

The appeal of art is largely a subjective experience that critics nonetheless take as an objective studies.

Possible Answers:

the study's objective.

an objective study.

a studies of objectivity.

an objective studies.

the objective studies.

Correct answer:

an objective study.

Explanation:

The key issue with the underlined phrase is the simultaneous use of "an" and the plural form "studies." Either the singular "an" or the plural "studies" needs to be changed to make the forms match. "An objective study" is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #6 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

The complex machine required that all of its many moving piece worked together in order to function.

Possible Answers:

pieced

pieces

piece

to piece

piecing

Correct answer:

pieces

Explanation:

Here, it is clear from the word "many" that the underlined word should be plural. Therefore, the best option is "pieces."

Example Question #7 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Grey herons native to Scandinavia mostly migrate south during the winter, whereas them native to Britain tend to stay sedentary year-round.

Possible Answers:

these native to Britain

those native to Britain

them native to britain

that native to Britain

it's native to Britain

Correct answer:

those native to Britain

Explanation:

Because "grey herons" is a plural subject, the modifying pronoun must also be plural, in this case "those" is correct. Even though this modifier comes later in the sentence, it must still agree with what it modifies.

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