PSAT Writing : Identifying Subject-Verb Agreement Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for PSAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 physicality in the performance of each and every one of the dancers overwhelm the audience; nobody can describe what they have just witnessed. No error

Possible Answers:

overwhelm

they

No error

of each and every one

audience; nobody

Correct answer:

overwhelm

Explanation:

In this sentence, the verb “overwhelm” does not agree with the singular subject “the physicality.” The corrected sentence reads: "The physicality in the performance of each and every one of the dancers overwhelms the audience; nobody can describe what they have just witnessed."

Example Question #41 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 many facets of the problem leads to a variety of approaches that we could use to solve itNo error

Possible Answers:

it

leads

many

that

No error

Correct answer:

leads

Explanation:

In this sentence, the verb “leads” does not agree in number with the subject “facets.” The subject is plural, but the “leads” works with a singular subject. The corrected sentence reads: The many facets of the problem lead to a variety of approaches that we could use to solve it.

Example Question #42 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 unexpected donation, along with the other annual contributions, are among the reasons the opera remained open this season. No error

Possible Answers:

along with

No error

remained open

contribution, are

the reasons the

Correct answer:

contribution, are

Explanation:

Watch out for subject/verb agreement. Here the subject is "donation," which is singular, so the verb should be "is."

Example Question #42 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 list of items to buy for the parade were given to the treasurer to approveNo error

Possible Answers:

to approve

were given

of items

No error

to buy

Correct answer:

were given

Explanation:

Look for subject/verb agreement: here the subject is "list," not "items," so the correct verb would be "was."

Example Question #52 : Identifying Agreement 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 journalist is wrong: neither the President nor Congress were responsible for the unintended effects of the billNo error

Possible Answers:

wrong: neither

effects

of the bill

No error

were responsible

Correct answer:

were responsible

Explanation:

Watch for subject/verb agreement. Two singular nouns (President and Congress) connected by "or" require a singular verb—"was" instead of "were."

Example Question #45 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

In the end, neither Jane nor her friends were able to discover where the treasure was buriedNo error

Possible Answers:

were able

neither Jane nor

No error

where

was buried

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error. Subjects all agree with their verbs, particularly with the phrase "neither Jane nor her friends were able to discover"—a singular and plural verb connected by "or/nor" requires a plural verb.

Example Question #53 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 tantalizing aromas issuing from the restaurant’s kitchen is its best marketing technique. No error

Possible Answers:

tantalizing

its

No error

is

issuing from

Correct answer:

is

Explanation:

Here, the verb “is” does not agree with the plural subject “aromas.” The corrected sentence reads, "The tantalizing aromas issuing from the restaurant’s kitchen are its best marketing technique."

Example Question #531 : 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 days immediately following the treatment has always been the most difficult, but the discomfort will improve soon. No error

Possible Answers:

has always been

immediately following

but

No error

difficult,

Correct answer:

has always been

Explanation:

In this sentence the verb “has always been” does not agree in number with the plural subject “days.” The corrected sentence would read: The days immediately following the treatment have always been the most difficult, but the discomfort will improve soon.

Example Question #48 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement 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 children of the lady who brought us a cake yesterday is coming over to play tomorrowNo error

Possible Answers:

who

No error

is

tomorrow

children of

Correct answer:

is

Explanation:

In this sentence, the verb does not match the plural subject. The corrected sentence reads, "The children of the lady who brought us a cake yesterday are coming over to play tomorrow."

Example Question #49 : Identifying Subject Verb Agreement Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

To the dismay of the audience, neither the prime minister nor any of his aides were able to attend the banquet. No error.

Possible Answers:

No error

were

neither

any

To

Correct answer:

were

Explanation:

The subject neither is singular, while the verb were is plural. Were should be was.

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