PSAT Writing : Identifying No Error Questions

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #41 : 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.

She wrote all day and all night, and she only stopped when she had run out of words. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

all day and all night

stopped

she

had run out 

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “All day and all night” are correctly coordinated adverbial phrases, “she” is a pronoun that agrees with the previous pronoun, “stopped” is a verb in the correct tense, and “had run out” is a correct combination of verb and preposition.

Example Question #76 : 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.

Joey chose to eat ice cream for every meal for a week, and now he is complaining that he feels ill. No error

Possible Answers:

he

for every meal

feels

No error

week, and

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “For every meal” is an appropriate prepositional phrase, the comma between “week” and “and” is grammatical, “he” is a pronoun that agrees with “Joey,” and “feels” is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #77 : 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.

"Don't speak to me like that ever again," Connie warned. "I'll tell on you next time." The boy, once so antogonistic, backed off immediately. No error

Possible Answers:

antagonistic

boy, once

tell on you

No error

,"

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There are no errors in the sentence, all the subjects agree with their verbs, and the tenses line up. The commas are in their correct places as well.

Example Question #78 : 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.

She leapt over tables, wiggled through corridors, sprinted around three, tall tree trunks, and finally sat down in a heap to catch her breath. No error

Possible Answers:

through corridors

three, tall

leapt

No error

sat down

Correct answer:

three, tall

Explanation:

Normally you'd want to separate a list with commas, but that's not the case here. To know why, imagine that each comma in a list is the word "and." You'd never say "three and tall tree trunks" here.

Numbers will commonly do this in English; thus "I saw four red birds," etc.

Example Question #51 : 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.

Sea salt, especially when paired with chocolate or caramel, has an interesting flavor and is becoming increasingly popular in baking. No error

Possible Answers:

when

chocolate or caramel

increasingly

No error

and is

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Nothing in this sentence needs to be changed.

Example Question #71 : 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 new exhibit at the history museum provides a surprisingly fascinating look at the milling industry in the American MidwestNo error

Possible Answers:

new

No error

provides

in the American Midwest

surprisingly

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Nothing in this sentence needs to be changed.

Example Question #53 : 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.

I absolutely believe that some day we will have the technology to travel to other galaxies, settle on new planets, and explore beyond what we think possible. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

we will have

technology to

absolutely

explore beyond

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written!

Example Question #81 : 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.

Forgetting that she had to stop at the grocery store on the way home, Martha arrived at the potluck empty-handed and duly embarrassed. No error

Possible Answers:

and

Forgetting

arrived at

had to stop

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #82 : 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.

Missing home, he tried to grow a palm tree sapling, but it could not survive Maine’s harsh wintersNo error

Possible Answers:

tried to grow

Missing home

Maine's harsh winters

No error

it

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #51 : 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.

I had wanted so badly to be charming and graceful, but instead I tripped over a stair and swore loudly. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

badly

had wanted

but instead

tripped over

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

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