PSAT Writing : Identifying Sentence Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #871 : 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.

Susan, a fabulous salsa dancer, is also a brilliant data analystNo error

Possible Answers:

brilliant

a fabulous salsa dancer

No error

is

analyst

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no grammatical errors and needs to stylistic adjustments made to it.

Example Question #52 : 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.

Unfortunately, the organization suffered from poor governance at the national levelNo error

Possible Answers:

the national level

suffered from

poor

No error

Unfortunately

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. "Unfortunately" is an adverb modifying the sentence as a whole, "suffered from" uses the correct tense and preposition, "poor" is an adjective modifying a noun, and "the national level" is a correctly formed noun phrase.

Example Question #61 : 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.

Because of severe drought in the western half of the country, produce prices skyrocketedNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

severe

skyrocketed

Because of

western half

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! It's okay to start a sentence with "because" if you have a main clause after, "severe" is an adjective modifying a noun, "western half" is formatted correctly (no capitalization!), and "skyrocketed" is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #42 : 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.

Never one to turn down a challenge, Pablo decided that he was going to revolutionize the classic canvas tote bag. No error

Possible Answers:

that

turn down

was going to revolutionize

one

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "One" is the appropriate pronoun, "turn down" is a verb in the correct tense, "that" is the correct relative pronoun, and "was going to revolutionize" is a correctly formed verb phrase.

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 #31 : 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.

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

Possible Answers:

Covered in

cozy

it

No error

looked

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Nothing in this sentence needs to be changed!

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.

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

Possible Answers:

nibbling

than spend one more day

No error

that

entire

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 #32 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Possible Answers:

transported his readers to another dimension.

that transporting his readers to another dimension.

that transports his readers to another dimension.

transporting his readers to another dimension.

that transported 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 #33 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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:

but instead their shared love interest

than their shared love interest

but rather their shared love interest

as it was sharing 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 #873 : 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.

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:

No error

with

intellectuals and artists,

salon, or

is not to be

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

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