SAT Writing : Correcting Ambiguity and Redundancy Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The undercover agent began to have doubts that the thing which he had seen was actually true.

Possible Answers:

The undercover agent began to have doubts that the thing which he had seen was actually true.

The undercover agent began to doubt that what he had seen was true.

The undercover agent began to have doubts the thing which he had seen was actually true.

The undercover agent began to have doubts that the thing which he had seen was actually true.

The undercover agent began to have doubts that the thing he had seen was actually true.

Correct answer:

The undercover agent began to doubt that what he had seen was true.

Explanation:

The sentence is extremely wordy and complex, and needs to be simplified. While being simplified, the sentence needs to still be correct grammatically and retain its intended meaning. The answer choice which best accomplishes both these goals is "The undercover agent began to doubt that what he had seen was true."

Example Question #33 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Being that which was the thing which was most debated inside the meetings of the group, the topic took prominence inside the association.

Possible Answers:

Being that which was the thing which most debated inside the meetings of the group,

Being that which was most debated inside the meetings of the group,

Being that which was the thing which was most debated inside the meetings of the group,

Being the most debated thing inside the groups' meetings,

Being the thing which was most debated inside the meetings of the group,

Correct answer:

Being the most debated thing inside the groups' meetings,

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is extremely wordy and confusing, and needs to be simplified. The simplification needs to also keep the sentence's intended meaning intact, and the revised sentence must also be grammatically correct. "Being the most debated thing inside the groups' meetings," is the only answer choice that best accomplishes both.

Example Question #31 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The school journal is self-governing and makes its own bylaws to be indicated the proper protocol for voting on who will be the next editor-in-chief. 

Possible Answers:

that are indicating

indicating

to be indicated

that indicate

when they indicate

Correct answer:

indicating

Explanation:

Here, "indicating" is being used as a participle, modifying "bylaws." The other answer choices introduce "indicate" as a verb, which causes the sentence to be more complex than it otherwise has to be. 

Example Question #32 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Leonardo da Vinci is seen by many having been the most well-known painter in Italy, if not all of Europe. 

Possible Answers:

for being

to be

that he was

having been 

as

Correct answer:

as

Explanation:

"As" is the most efficient, and therefore the most grammatically correct answer choice. 

Example Question #36 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Having been the one which was that which had been lost, the jewelry's discovery was considered a miracle.

Possible Answers:

That which was the one which was lost,

Having been lost,

That which had been lost,

Having been the one which was that which had been lost,

That was the one that had been lost,

Correct answer:

Having been lost,

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is extremely long, confusing, and wordy, meaning that it needs to be simplified. The simplification still needs to be grammatically correct and retain the sentence's intended meaning, however. "Having been lost," is the answer choice that is both simplest and correct gramatically.

Example Question #37 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

That which was the thing that he did not want to do was his assignment from the officer.

Possible Answers:

That which was the thing that he did not want to do

The thing he did not want to do

That thing that he did not want to do

That which was that which he did not want to do

That thing he not want to do

Correct answer:

The thing he did not want to do

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is extremely wordy and confusing, and needs to be simplified. While being simplified, the sentence must be kept grammatically correct, and it needs to retain its intended meaning. "The thing he most did not want to do" is the answer choice that best simplifies the sentence.

Example Question #38 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Having been the one which was the thing she most desired, the little girl begged her parents for the toy.

Possible Answers:

Being the one which was the thing she most desired 

Having been the one she most desired

Having been the thing she most desired

Being what she most desired

Having been the one which was the thing she most desired

Correct answer:

Being what she most desired

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is extremely awkward and overly wordy, meaning it needs to be simplified. While being simplified, the sentence needs to retain its intended meaning and be grammatically correct. "Being what she most desired" is the only answer choice that correctly simplifies the sentence.

Example Question #341 : Correcting Phrase, Clause, And Sentence Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The senator was very popular, and once at one point he was one which had been considered to have been a presidential contender.

Possible Answers:

at once he was considered as been a presidential contender

once at one point he was considered a presidential contender

once at one point he was one which had been considered to have been a presidential contender

at one point he was considered a presidential contender

once he was considered to have being a presidential contender

Correct answer:

at one point he was considered a presidential contender

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence needs to be simplified, as it is repetitive, confusing, and overly wordy. A simplification must still be grammatically correct and retain the sentence's intended meaning. The answer choice which best accomplishes both goals is "as at one point he was considered a presidential contender."

Example Question #181 : Correcting Other Phrase, Clause, And Sentence Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The suspect was cornered because he was the one that was the only person who had been near what was the crime scene.

Possible Answers:

he was the one that was the only person who had been near what was the crime scene

he was the only person who was near the crime scene

he was the one that was near what was the crime scene

he was the only person who had been near what was the crime scene

he was the one that was the only person who was near the crime scene

Correct answer:

he was the only person who was near the crime scene

Explanation:

The underlined phrase is extremely wordy, repetitive, and confusing, meaning it needs to be simplified. Any simplification still needs to be grammatically correct and retain the sentence's intended meaning. The only answer choice that accomplishes both of these goals is "he was the only person who was near the crime scene."

Example Question #41 : Correcting Ambiguity And Redundancy Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Having been seen as that which was what was most problematic, the item was left off the table for discussion.

Possible Answers:

Being seen as what was most problematic

Having been seen as that which was what was most problematic

Having been seen as that which was most problematic

Having being seen as that which was what was most problematic

Having seen what was most problematic

Correct answer:

Being seen as what was most problematic

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the phrase is extremely wordy and confusing, and it needs to be simplified. Any simplification needs to both retain the sentence's intended meaning and remain grammatically correct. "Being seen as what was most problematic" is the answer choice that best simplifies the phrase.

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