PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #55 : 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.

Since he arrived in Minnesota two weeks ago, my uncle Ted has gone fishing at least ten times. No error

Possible Answers:

my

has gone fishing

arrived in

two weeks ago

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Arrived in” is a conventional combination of verb and preposition, “two weeks ago” is a correctly formed adverbial phrase, “my” is a pronoun used correctly, and “has gone fishing” is in the appropriate tense.

Example Question #872 : 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.

Covered in tapestries, paintings, and maps, the cozy library looked like it held a million secrets. No error

Possible Answers:

looked

No error

cozy

Covered in

it

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Nothing in this sentence needs to be changed!

Example Question #51 : 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.

I would rather run an entire marathon than spend one more day sitting at that table nibbling crumpets. No error

Possible Answers:

that

than spend one more day

entire

nibbling

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Entire” is an adjective that modifies a noun, “than spend one more day” is a logical comparison, “that” is a demonstrative pronoun used correctly, and “nibbling” is a present progressive verb that describes a concurrent action.

Example Question #874 : Identifying Sentence Errors

The author was a master at writing science fiction that transported his readers to another dimension.

Possible Answers:

that transports his readers to another dimension.

transported his readers to another dimension.

that transported his readers to another dimension.

that transporting his readers to another dimension.

transporting his readers to another dimension.

Correct answer:

that transported his readers to another dimension.

Explanation:

The sentence is correct as is. The use of "was" indicates the second verb, in the underlined portion, also needs to be in the past tense. Additionally, "that" is needed to refer back to the author's writing.

Example Question #875 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Choose the best answer from the options given.

The reason Mary and Kelly got into a fight was not their personalities but instead their shared love interest.

Possible Answers:

as it was sharing love interest

but rather their shared love interest

than their shared love interest

but instead their shared love interest

than because of their shared love interest

Correct answer:

but instead their shared love interest

Explanation:

The original sentence is most concise and effective.

Example Question #52 : 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.

A salon, or a social gathering of important intellectuals and artists, is not to be confused with a Wild West saloon. No error

Possible Answers:

intellectuals and artists,

No error

is not to be

salon, or

with

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #61 : 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.

Henry was a fiercely stubborn child; he would carry out incredibly successful hunger strikes if he was not served macaroni and cheese for dinnerNo error

Possible Answers:

for dinner

was 

child; he

incredibly successful

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. The semi-colon between “child” and “he” is grammatical, “incredibly successful” uses adverbs and adjectives to modify the appropriate words, “was” is in the correct tense, and “for dinner” is an acceptable prepositional phrase.

Example Question #53 : 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.

Melissa and Tom dream of becoming owners of a gourmet ice cream shop when they grow up, and they are already creating their flavor list. No error

Possible Answers:

their

owners

when they grow up

No error

dream of

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Dream of” is a conventional combination of verb and preposition, “owners” is a noun that agrees in number with the subject, “when they grow up” is an acceptable adverbial phrase, and “their” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent “Melissa and Tom.”

Example Question #61 : 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.

One of the first abstract impressionists, Jackson Pollock was concerned with neither the praise of his supporters nor the criticism of his detractorsNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

concerned with

One of the first abstract impressionists

nor

criticism of his detractors

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no errors. The modifying phrase at the beginning of the sentence, "One of the first abstract impressionists," correctly modifies the subject right after it, "Jackson Pollock." The answer choice "concerned with" is correctly phrased. The answer choice "nor" is fine; it goes with the "neither" to form a correct "neither . . . nor" construction. Finally, the answer choice "criticism of his detractors" is fine because it preserves the parallel structure introduced earlier in the sentence by the phrase "praise of his supporters."

Example Question #74 : 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.

Thomas invited us over for a home-cooked meal at his place, but I doubt he could so much as scramble an egg. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

his

but

doubt

invited us over for

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Invited us over for” is a conventional use of prepositions, “his” is a pronoun that agrees with “Thomas,” “but” is the appropriate conjunction, and “doubt” is a verb in the correct tense.

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