SAT Writing : Correcting Apostrophe Errors

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Example Question #21 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

Is that Rorys watch you're wearing?

Possible Answers:

Rory' watch you're

Rorys watch you're

Rory's watch your

Rory's watch you're

Correct answer:

Rory's watch you're

Explanation:

For a singular noun (including proper nouns) the correct way to indicate possession is to put an apostrophe and an "s" onto the name. "You're" is a contraction of the phrase "you are."

Example Question #22 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

Baseball player's are known for their quick reaction times.

Possible Answers:

player

players

players's

player's

players'

Correct answer:

players

Explanation:

The example sentence is simply talking about baseball players in general, while the sentence is discussing some attributes possessed by those players, there is no grammatical need to indicate possession in this sentence, so no apostrophe is needed.

Example Question #23 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

The chair could not stand upright, it was missing one of it's legs.  

Possible Answers:

its

its's

its'

it's

it

Correct answer:

its

Explanation:

"It's" is a contraction meaning "it is." "Its" is the possessive form of the pronoun "it." "Its" is correct in the underlined portion of the sentence above.

Example Question #24 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

Pauls's day went from bad to worse after he got his test results.

Possible Answers:

Pau'ls

Paul's

Pauls

Pauls's

Paulses

Correct answer:

Paul's

Explanation:

When one wants to indicate possession when using a singular noun, one merely needs to add an apostrophe and then an s to the end of the noun. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is, "Paul's." Even if the name had been "Pauls" the example sentence would be incorrect. Proper nouns ending in "s" should simply have an apostrophe after the "s."

Example Question #25 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

Moses stone tablets are among the most famous in history.

Possible Answers:

Moses'

Moseses's

Moses

Moseses'

Moses, his

Correct answer:

Moses'

Explanation:

When one wants to indicate possession when using a singular noun, one merely needs to add an apostrophe and then an s to the end of the noun; however, if the noun ends in , then you can merely add an apostrophe. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is "Moses."

Example Question #26 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

You are won't to be so rude in public that hardly anyone wants to go out with you. 

Possible Answers:

will not

won't

wont

wonted

want

Correct answer:

wont

Explanation:

The word "won't" is a contraction of the words "will not." The word "wont," on the other hand, is a word that means someone is likely to do something, or has a tendency to do something. In the sentence above, "wont" is correct and "won't" isn't.

Example Question #27 : Correcting Apostrophe Errors

The ancient herd of bison made it's way across the open plains.

Possible Answers:

it's

their

its'

bison's

its

Correct answer:

its

Explanation:

"It's" is a contraction for the words "it is." "Its" indicates possession. Therefore, in the sentence above, "its" is correct, and "it's" is not.

Example Question #28 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

I would love to see Professor Cromwell speak, but I cant stand his verbosity.

Possible Answers:

I can not stand

I cant stand

I wont stand

I can't stand

i cant stand

Correct answer:

I can't stand

Explanation:

The word "cant" means something entirely different from the word "can't," which is a contraction of the words "can" and "not." Cant refers to hypocritical or overtly sanctimonious discourse, which obviously has little bearing on this sentence, since "can't" is obviously intended to function as a verb in this context. The best way to correct the underlined portion is: "I can't stand"

Example Question #29 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

I love eating at the convent: the nuns bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

Possible Answers:

I love eating at the convent: the nuns bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

I love eating at the convent: the nuns' bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

I love eating at the convent. The nuns bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

I love eating at the convent, the nuns bread, is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

I love eating at the convent, the nun's bread, is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

Correct answer:

I love eating at the convent: the nuns' bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket.

Explanation:

Use an apostrophe to indicate possession, if the noun ends in "s" then the apostrophe should follow the "s." If the noun does not end in "s" then add an "s" after the apostrophe. The best way to correct the underlined portion is: "I love eating at the convent: the nuns' bread is simply superior to the stuff you can get at the supermarket."

Example Question #30 : Correcting Apostrophe 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.

Its positively beastly and unsightly to eat like that at a banquet.

Possible Answers:

Its' positively beastly and unsightly

Its positively beastly, unsightly

Its positive beastly and unsightly

Its positively beastly and unsightly

It's positively beastly and unsightly

Correct answer:

It's positively beastly and unsightly

Explanation:

“It’s” is a contraction meaning it is. “Its” indicates possession when using the third person pronoun it. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is: "It's positively beastly and unsightly"

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