SAT Writing : Correcting Ambiguity and Redundancy Errors

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Example Question #1231 : Psat Writing Skills

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. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

To make the groups all undertake to get equal funding, the accountant had to perform careful calculations and negotiations.

Possible Answers:

To make the groups all undertake equal funding

To make groups undertake equal funding

So the groups all undertake to get equal funding

So that the groups would all seek equal funding

To make the groups all undertake to get equal funding

Correct answer:

So that the groups would all seek equal funding

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is overly wordy and confusing, with a passive construction and two verbs, "make" and "undertake," being at odds with each other. This phrase needs to be greatly simplified to be improved. "So that the groups would all seek equal funding," is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #371 : 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. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

Politicians and their aides are so often stuck in their own bubble not aware of the concerns of their constituents.

Possible Answers:

unaware of the concerns of there constituents.

that they are unaware of their constituents concerns.

unaware their constituents' concerns.

that they are unaware of their constituents' concerns.

not aware of the concerns of their constituents.

Correct answer:

that they are unaware of their constituents' concerns.

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence is both awkwardly worded and is oddly connected to the rest of the sentence. The phrase can be improved by simplifying the word order and connecting it more definitely to the rest of the sentence; therefore, the correct answer choice is "that they are unaware of their constituents' concerns."

Example Question #201 : Correcting Other Phrase, Clause, And Sentence Errors

Choose the best way to rephrase the underlined portion of the sentence. One of the answer choices repeats the original phrasing.

Many food products that are marketed as “natural” or “healthy,” which lures in health-conscious consumers, but these claims are meaningless because they do not reflect any standardized guidelines.

Possible Answers:

“healthy” lure in

“healthy,” and these claims lure in

“healthy,” luring in

“healthy,” and these claims are luring in

“healthy,” which lures in

Correct answer:

“healthy” lure in

Explanation:

The best answer is the most concise and straightforward phrasing.

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