SAT Writing : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Question #40 : Psat Writing Skills

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

Anne later discovered that Paul and she were the members of the choir to sing the correct notes of the song. No error

                                      

Possible Answers:

later discovered

she

were

No error

to sing

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There are no inherent grammatical errors in the sentence above. The phrase "Paul and she were" may ring some alarms, but it is the same as the phrase "she and Paul were." You can break it down into "Paul was the only person" and "she was the only person." When combined, it should appear as written in the question. "She" is used properly in the subject form of the pronoun, rather than "her," the object form; "she" is performing the action in the sentence.

Example Question #1 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

When I get home from school, I like to relax by playing my guitar, eating a snack, watching a television show, and taking a nap.

Possible Answers:

When I get home from school, I like to relaxing by playing my guitar, eating a snack, watching a television show, and taking a nap.

When I will have gotten home from school, I like to relax by playing my guitar, eating a snack, watching a television show, and taking a nap.

When I get home from school, I like to relax by playing my guitar, to eat a snack, watching a television show, and to take a nap.

(No changes to original.)

When I get home from school, I like to relax by playing my guitar, eating a snack, watching a television show, and taking a nap.

Correct answer:

When I get home from school, I like to relax by playing my guitar, eating a snack, watching a television show, and taking a nap.

Explanation:

There is no error in the original sentence.

Example Question #2 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

She revealed herself and befriended the aliens, who were excited and pleased to meet a real human.

Possible Answers:

herself

to meet a

befriended the aliens

were excited

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #42 : Psat Writing Skills

As the author slowly stood up, stretched, and trudged to the doorway, his friends jumped out from behind the antique cabinets.

Possible Answers:

slowly

No error

jumped out from behind

and trudged

As

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #3 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Lucy realized that she would not be able to arrive at the opera in a timely mannerNo error

Possible Answers:

timely manner

would not be able to

realized

at the opera

No Error

Correct answer:

No Error

Explanation:

This is a grammatically correct sentence that needs no stylistic improvements.

Example Question #4 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Even though it is unclear exactly where volleyball was invented, it is undeniable that California beach culture and energy have played a role in its development. No error

Possible Answers:

California beach

No error

its

where

Even though

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #5 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

 

When seeking to escape from a conversation, some people will tactfully excuse themselves to get dessert in order to avoid further interaction with the other person. No error

Possible Answers:

themselves

further interaction

seeking to escape

conversation, some

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #6 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Many waiters barely make minimum wage, but it is possible to earn an impressive salary if one works at an expensive restaurant. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

wage, but

one

it is possible

Many waiters

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #7 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

 Tomorrow the professor is going to buy a new coat in order to look his best for the upcoming faculty dinner. No error

Possible Answers:

is going to 

in order to 

No error

upcoming

for

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #8 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Mary was thinking about adopting one of the four rabbits because she had been feeling lonely lately and thought that the companionship would help her. No error 

Possible Answers:

No error

and 

one of

thinking about

her 

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

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