PSAT Writing : Identifying Sentence Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : 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.

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

Possible Answers:

much

No error.

to

flannel shirts and bluegrass music

preferred

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 #32 : 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.

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

Possible Answers:

that

attacked

No error.

had prepared

voraciously

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 #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.

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

Possible Answers:

where

No error.

Many

their

dress up and frolic

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 #32 : 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.

The dancers hopped like frogs across the stage, and Duncan wondered what was going on. No error.

Possible Answers:

what

going

hopped like frogs

stage, and

No error.

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.

Example Question #21 : 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.

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

Possible Answers:

himself

No error.

single

which

being

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:

had had

parents'

No error.

appalled

Listening

Correct answer:

No error.

Explanation:

The sentence is grammatically correct as written.

Example Question #37 : 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:

were

to sing

No error

she

later discovered

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 Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Possible Answers:

were excited

befriended the aliens

to meet a

No error

herself

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:

jumped out from behind

slowly

No error

As

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

realized

timely manner

No Error

at the opera

Correct answer:

No Error

Explanation:

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

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