SAT Writing : Identifying Other Adjective and Adverb Errors

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Example Question #1 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

My mother explained the process to me in an excruciating detailed manner; you don’t need to worry about me forgetting anything.

Possible Answers:

excruciating

to me

manner; you

No error

anything

Correct answer:

excruciating

Explanation:

In this sentence, the adjective “excruciating” is used to describe the other adjective “detailed.” Adverbs should describe adjectives, so the adverb form “excruciatingly” would be better. The corrected sentence reads: My mother explained the process to me in an excruciatingly detailed manner; you don’t need to worry about me forgetting anything.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

The kite caught the breeze, flew up in the air, danced graceful about the sky, and lodged itself in a tree.

Possible Answers:

and lodged itself in a tree

graceful

flew

No error

in the air

Correct answer:

graceful

Explanation:

In this sentence, the adjective “graceful” is used to describe the verb “danced.” Adverbs, not adjectives, should describe verbs, so the adverb version “gracefully” would be better. The corrected sentence reads: The kite caught the breeze, flew up in the air, danced gracefully about the sky, and lodged itself in a tree.

Example Question #2 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

It was impossible to choose between the litter, because all of the kittens were just too adorable! 

Possible Answers:

no error

between

!

kittens

, because

Correct answer:

between

Explanation:

The correct adverb here would be among, because there are multiple kittens in a litter, not just two.

Example Question #4 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

The scapula are not actual connected to the rib cage through any bones or joints.

Possible Answers:

are

through any

actually

or joints

No error

Correct answer:

actually

Explanation:

In this sentence, the adjective “actual” is used to describe the verb “connected.” The adverb should be used instead. The corrected sentence reads: The scapula are not actually connected to the rib cage through any bones or joints.

Example Question #5 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

She will arrive lately than expected due to travel issues.

Possible Answers:

later than expected.

lately than expected.

expectedly lately.

later expectedly

lately expectedly.

Correct answer:

later than expected.

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence uses an adverb "lately," where an adjective should be used. The only answer choice that properly uses an adjective is "later than expected," which is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #6 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

In the following question, please choose the best sentence improvement.

The parents looked at their college graduate so proud that they seemed to glow with happiness.

Possible Answers:

so proudly

so very proud

so proud

so prideful

so much pride

Correct answer:

so proudly

Explanation:

The word proud needs to be an adverb because it is modifying looked.

Example Question #3 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

 

While the trick may look effortlessly, the actual execution of a perfect double back handspring is quite tricky to achieve successfully.

 

Possible Answers:

execution of

No error

effortlessly

may

quite tricky

Correct answer:

effortlessly

Explanation:

This sentence uses an adverb (effortlessly) to describe a noun (trick). An adjective would be more appropriate. The corrected sentence reads: While the trick may look effortless, the actual execution of a perfect double back handspring is quite tricky to achieve successfully.

 

Example Question #8 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

The woman convinced the rest of humanity that the aliens should be allowed to stay, and they settled peaceful in the Great Barrier Reef.

Possible Answers:

they

convinced the rest

should be allowed

peaceful

No error

Correct answer:

peaceful

Explanation:

This sentence uses the adjective “peaceful” to describe a verb. The correct sentence uses an adverb: The woman convinced the rest of humanity that the aliens should be allowed to stay, and they settled peacefully in the Great Barrier Reef.

Example Question #9 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb 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 soon as (A) he woke up, he sprinted (B) quick downstairs to open his gifts (C) that were (D) under the tree. (E) No error

Possible Answers:

D

C

B

E

A

Correct answer:

B

Explanation:

Since "quick" is modifying the verb "ran," it needs to be an adverb. "Quick" is an adjective, but "quickly" is an adverb. So, "quick" must be changed to "quickly."

Example Question #4 : Identifying Other Adjective And Adverb Errors

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

Having finished their homework, the students quick decided to escape to the TV for entertainment. No error

Possible Answers:

to escape

their

No error

Having

quick decided

Correct answer:

quick decided

Explanation:

Here, "quick decided" contains the sentence's error. "Quick" is an adjective, but it is being used to describe a verb, "decided," so it needs to be in its adverbial form, "quickly."  

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