PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #25 : 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.

Far from being elected prom king, Dan received only a single vote, which he himself cast. No error.

Possible Answers:

which

himself

single

being

No error.

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! The gerund “being” is used correctly, the adjective “single” appropriately modifies a noun, “which” is the appropriate relative pronoun, and “himself” correctly uses a reflexive pronoun for emphasis.

Example Question #21 : 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.

Listening at his parents’ bedroom door, Gerald was appalled to learn that one of the neighborhood children had had a horrific bike accident the week before. No error.

Possible Answers:

parents'

had had

Listening

appalled

No error.

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

The sentence is grammatically correct as written.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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:

she

later discovered

No error

were

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

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

Possible Answers:

herself

befriended the aliens

to meet a

were excited

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #1 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Possible Answers:

As

No error

slowly

jumped out from behind

and trudged

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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:

would not be able to

at the opera

No Error

timely manner

realized

Correct answer:

No Error

Explanation:

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

Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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:

Even though

its

No error

California beach

where

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #1 : 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:

No error

themselves

further interaction

seeking to escape

conversation, some

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #1 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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:

wage, but

it is possible

Many waiters

No error

one

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

Example Question #1 : 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 

upcoming

No error

for

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. 

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