PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : 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.

Though the soup’s flavor is best when cremini mushrooms are used, it is possible to substitute white button mushrooms. No error.

Possible Answers:

when

to substitute

No error.

used, it

soup's flavor

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Soup’s flavor” is an appropriate use of an apostrophe, “when” is the appropriate opener for an adverbial phrase, the comma in “used, it” is correct, and the form of the verb in “to substitute” is also correct.

Example Question #12 : 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.

Chewing furiously, Moe tried to break up a stubborn chunk of venisonNo error.

Possible Answers:

Chewing furiously

stubborn

of venison

No error.

tried to

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Chewing furiously” is a phrase modifying the subject, “tried to” has the correct preposition following the verb, “stubborn” is an adjective modifying a noun, and “of venison” is an appropriately formed prepositional phrase.

Example Question #11 : 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.

On the genetic level, the difference between a dung beetle and a rhinoceros is quite smallNo error.

Possible Answers:

genetic

quite small

and

No error.

is

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Genetic” is an adjective that modifies a noun, “and” is the appropriate conjunction, “is” is a verb that is in the right tense and matches its subject, and “quite small” is a correct adverb-adjective combination.

Example Question #14 : 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.

It is rare but not unheard of for goats to start chasing wild turkeys. No error.

Possible Answers:

but not unheard of

start chasing

No error.

It is

rare

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "It is" is an appropriate pronoun-verb combination, "rare" is an adjective describing an idea, "but not unheard of" is an appropriately used idiom, and "start chasing" is the correct conjugation of the verb.

Example Question #11 : 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 to the astonishing amount of radishes piled on her front porch, Mrs. Lawton was flabbergastedNo error.

Possible Answers:

No error.

As to

was flabbergasted

piled

her

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "As to" is an appropriate transition to introduce a new topic, "piled" is the correct form of the verb, "her" is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent, and "was flabbergasted" is an appropriate verb-adjective combination.

Example Question #11 : 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 professor was certain that her research would provoke controversy and heated discussion throughout the academic communityNo error.

Possible Answers:

was certain

would provoke

throughout the academic community

No error.

her

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "Was certain" has a verb that agrees with its noun and an adjective that modifies that noun, "her" is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent, "would provoke" is a verb in the correct tense, and "throughout the academic community" is a correctly-formed prepositional phrase.

Example Question #11 : 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.

Johnny much preferred flannel shirts and bluegrass music to suits and jazz. No error.

Possible Answers:

preferred

much

to

flannel shirts and bluegrass music

No error.

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "Much" is an adverb modifying "preferred," "preferred" is a verb in the correct tense and person, "flannel shirts and bluegrass music" follows parallel structure, and "to" creates the comparison.

Example Question #22 : 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.

Gail voraciously attacked the steak dinner that Carl had prepared for her birthday. No error.

Possible Answers:

had prepared

attacked

voraciously

No error.

that

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Voraciously” is an adverb that modifies a verb, “attacked” is a verb in the correct tense, “that” is an appropriate relative pronoun, and “had prepared” is a verb in the correct tense. 

Example Question #23 : 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.

Many countries have their own carnival celebrations where all of the people dress up and frolic in the streets. No error.

Possible Answers:

Many

their

where

dress up and frolic

No error.

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! “Many” is an adjective describing a noun, “their” is a pronoun that matches its antecedent, “where” is the appropriate relative pronoun, and “dress up and frolic” uses correct parallel structure.

Example Question #24 : 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 dancers hopped like frogs across the stage, and Duncan wondered what was going on. No error.

Possible Answers:

No error.

hopped like frogs

what

stage, and

going

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Hopped like frogs” is a correctly-formed verb phrase, the comma in “stage, and” is correct, “what” is the correct pronoun, and “going” is an appropriately-used gerund.

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