SAT Writing : Correcting Noun-Noun Agreement Errors

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Example Question #2229 : Sat Writing

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.

Although they were on time, the students had their pencil sharpened or their drawing pad out at the beginning of class.

Possible Answers:

the students did not have their pencils sharpened or their drawing pads out at the beginning of class.

the students were having their pencils sharpened or their drawing pads out at the beginning of class.

the students were not having their pencils sharpened or their drawing pads out at the beginning of class.

the students had their pencil sharpened and their drawing pad out at the beginning of class.

the students did not have their pencil sharpened or their drawing pads out at the beginning of class.

Correct answer:

the students did not have their pencils sharpened or their drawing pads out at the beginning of class.

Explanation:

Because the subject of the sentence is the plural “students,” we have to assume that each student would have his or her own pencil and drawing pad. Therefore, the correct sentence has “pencils” and “drawing pads.” Also, “had sharpened” is more concise and correct than “were having sharpened” or “were having sharpening.”

Example Question #2230 : Sat Writing

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.

Even if everyone I invited is free, there’s still no guarantee that they will come to my party.

Possible Answers:

Even if everyone I invited is free, there’s still no guarantee that people will come to my party.

Even if everyone I invited is free, there are still no guarantee that they will come to my party.

Even if everyone I invited are free, there’s still no guarantee that they will come to my party.

Even if everyone I invited are free, there’s still no guarantee that people will come to my party.

Even if everyone I invited is free, there’s still no guarantee that they will come to my party.

Correct answer:

Even if everyone I invited is free, there’s still no guarantee that people will come to my party.

Explanation:

“Everyone” is an indefinite pronoun that’s treated as singular. Therefore, the correct verb conjugation is “is.” Because “everyone” is indefinite, we can’t use the definite pronoun “they” at the end of the sentence to refer back to “everyone,” so we must use “people” instead. Because “guarantee” is singular, “there’s” is correct and “there are” is incorrect.

Example Question #1 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

After months of organizing the gala, several of the party planners are beginning to wish they worked as a waiter or bartender instead.

Possible Answers:

several of the party planners are beginning to wish they worked as a waiter or bartender instead.

several of the party planners are beginning to wish they worked as waiter or bartender instead.

several of the party planners is beginning to wish they worked as waiters or bartenders instead.

several of the party planners is beginning to wish they worked as a waiter or as a bartender instead.

several of the party planners are beginning to wish they worked as waiters or bartenders instead.

Correct answer:

several of the party planners are beginning to wish they worked as waiters or bartenders instead.

Explanation:

Because there are several party planners longing for different jobs, the jobs themselves must be plural; three or four people can’t work as a single waiter or bartender. And because “party planners” is plural, the correct verb conjugation is “are.”

Example Question #2 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

Trying to convince me to go with them, my friends described the concert as once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Possible Answers:

my friends described the concert as once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

my friends described the concert as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

my friends described the concert as a once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

my friends described the concert as an experience once-in-a-lifetime.

my friends described the concert as experienced once-in-a-lifetime.

Correct answer:

my friends described the concert as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Explanation:

Because a "concert" is a singular noun, it can only be one experience and not many. “Trying to convince me to go with them, my friends described the concert as a once-in-a-lifetime experience” is the least awkward option.

Example Question #3 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

Dani drove her car into the parking garage, turned off the engine, and made sure to lock her cars doors securely as she left.  

Possible Answers:

to locked her cars' doors securely

to locking her cars doors securely

to lock her car doors securely

to lock her cars doors securely

to lock her cars doors securely

Correct answer:

to lock her car doors securely

Explanation:

There is a disagreement between the nouns "cars" and "doors" in the sentence; we are told earlier in the sentence via its use of "her car" that Dani only drove one car into the parking garage. Therefore, the correct answer choice is "to lock her car doors."

Example Question #4 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

We decided resolutely to pin all of our hopes and dream on the team's victory.

Possible Answers:

pin all of our hope and dreams

pin all of hopes and dream

pin all of our hopes and dreams

pin all of our hopes and dream

pinning all of our hoping and dreams

Correct answer:

pin all of our hopes and dreams

Explanation:

There is a disagreement here between the nouns "hopes" and "dream" when they follow the phrase "all of our." Both nouns should be plural, and therefore the correct answer is "resolutely pin all of our hopes and dreams."

Example Question #5 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

In most forms of martial arts, two examples of physical attack are kicks and punches.

Possible Answers:

of physically attack

of attacks physical

of physically attacks

of physical attack

of physical attacks

Correct answer:

of physical attacks

Explanation:

The primary issue with the underlined phrase "of physical attack" is that it uses a singular noun ("attack") to modify the plural nouns "kicks" and "punches." The uderlined phrase should be changed to "of physical attacks" as this version of it uses the plural noun "attacks," which agrees in number with the compound predicate nominative "kicks and punches."

Example Question #6 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

All children are taught at an early age never to run while holding their pencil

Possible Answers:

while holding her pencil

while holding our pencil

while holding his pencil

while holding their pencil

while holding their pencils

Correct answer:

while holding their pencils

Explanation:

The noun "pencil" needs to be pluralize to reflect the fact that the subject of the sentence is "All children," who presumably each have a pencil and do not share a single pencil.

Example Question #7 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

Manny would always check his students' note to make sure that they were staying on task.

Possible Answers:

would always check his students's note

would always check his students' notes

would always check his student's notes

would always check his students' note

would always check his students's notes

Correct answer:

would always check his students' notes

Explanation:

The sentence uses the plural possessive form "students'," so the best answer choice uses the plural noun "notes" in order to modify the initial noun. Therefore we would select "would always check his students' notes."

Example Question #8 : Correcting Noun Noun 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.

At the sound of the gun, all of the racers gripped their bicycle and set off for the finish line.

Possible Answers:

gripped their bicycle and set off for the finish line

gripped their bicycle and set off towards the finish line

gripped their bicycles and set off for the finish line

gripped their bicycles and setting off for the finish line

gripped their bicycle and set off toward the finish line

Correct answer:

gripped their bicycles and set off for the finish line

Explanation:

Since we’re talking about multiple racers, we must assume that they have “bicycles” (plural). Otherwise, the sentence implies that they are all using the same bicycle (singular).

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