SAT Writing : Correcting Noun-Noun Agreement Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #121 : Correcting Agreement 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.

Each of my three pets, which I bought with money I earned babysitting, are purebreds and comes with extensive pedigrees.

Possible Answers:

are purebreds and come with extensive pedigrees.

is a purebred and comes with an extensive pedigree.

are purebreds and comes with extensive pedigrees.

are purebreds and coming with extensive pedigrees.

is a purebred and coming with an extensive pedigree.

Correct answer:

is a purebred and comes with an extensive pedigree.

Explanation:

Although there are three pets, the subject of the sentence is “each” of the pets, which is a singular noun; therefore, the singular “a purebred” is the correct noun, and the singular verb forms “is” and “comes” are the correct conjugations. 

Example Question #11 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement 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.

Each member of the relay team ran, as fast as possible, their leg, resulting in the team qualifying for the state meet.

Possible Answers:

Each member of the relay team ran his leg as fast as possible

Each member of the relay team running his leg as fast as possible

Each member of the relay team ran their leg as fast as possible

Each member ran their leg, as fast as possible, being on the relay team

Each member of the relay team ran, as fast as possible, their leg

Correct answer:

Each member of the relay team ran his leg as fast as possible

Explanation:

"Each" in this sentence refers to "each" individual member of the team; therefore the pronoun must be singular, so "his" (or "her") must be used instead of "their."

Example Question #12 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement 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 English professor has concentrations in medieval literature and feminist literature; the two subjects may seem unrelated, but they are the topic about which she feels most strongly.

Possible Answers:

it are the topics

it is the topics

it is the topic

they are the topics

they are the topic

Correct answer:

they are the topics

Explanation:

The error in the original sentence is that "the two subjects" is plural but they are referred to later in the sentence by a singular noun "topic." There is no need to change the pronoun "they" or the verb "are" since they are already plural; the only thing that needs to be changed is "topic" by simply putting an "s" on the end of it to make it plural.

Example Question #11 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement Errors

Choose the answer below which best replaces the underlined section of the following sentence. This should result in a sentence that meets all of the rules of standard written English.

William and Ian both elected to serve their country by becoming a firefighter.

 

 

Possible Answers:

by becoming a firefighter.

with becoming a firefighter. 

by becoming a firefighters. 

by becoming a firefighter together. 

by becoming firefighters. 

Correct answer:

by becoming firefighters. 

Explanation:

Because we know from the beginning of the sentence that there are two young men, the phrase "becoming a firefighter" should agree with that plurality. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is "by becoming firefighters."

Example Question #131 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Choose the answer below which best replaces the underlined section of the following sentence. This should result in a sentence that meets all of the rules of standard written English.

Only a few of the raw recruits became a good soldier; the others washed out of their training.

Possible Answers:

became a better soldier

became a great soldier

became good soldiers

became good soldier

became a good soldier

Correct answer:

became good soldiers

Explanation:

In the sentence above, because the initial noun used is "recruits," we know that we are dealing with a group of recruits; therefore, later in the sentence, the corresponding noun "soldier" should be plural. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is "became good soldiers."

Example Question #11 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement Errors

Choose the answer below which best replaces the underlined section of the following sentence. This should result in a sentence that meets all of the rules of standard written English.

All three of John's two younger sisters were incredibly beautiful.

Possible Answers:

The

For

All three

One of

Both

Correct answer:

Both

Explanation:

In the sentence above, because the second noun phrase used is "two younger sisters" we know that we are dealing with specifically two sisters; therefore, earlier in the sentence, the corresponding noun phrase, "All three," is inconsistent, and should be changed to reflect that there are two of them. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is "Both."

Example Question #11 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement Errors

Choose the answer below which best replaces the underlined section of the following sentence. This should result in a sentence that meets all of the rules of standard written English.

Many young boys hope to become a great leader one day.

Possible Answers:

great leader

a greatest leader

a greater leader

great leaders

a great leader

Correct answer:

great leaders

Explanation:

In the sentence above, because the initial noun used is "boys" we know that we are dealing with a group of boys; therefore, later in the sentence, the corresponding noun "leader" should be plural. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is "great leaders."

Example Question #12 : Correcting Noun Noun Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a setence 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.

Between leaving home or being unable to find a job, Martin was extremely depressed. 

Possible Answers:

leaving home for being unable

leave home or be unable

leaving home and being unable

leaving home with being unable

leaving home or being unable

Correct answer:

leaving home and being unable

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "between," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "and."  As such, the "or" in the sentence above should be changed to "and."

Example Question #141 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a setence 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 concerned citizens were all preoccupied with lofty thoughts now that they had become jury.

Possible Answers:

they will become jury.

they had become jurors.

these had become jury.

ones had become jury.

the had become jury.

Correct answer:

they had become jurors.

Explanation:

In the sentence above, because the initial noun used is "citizens" we know that we are dealing with a group of recruits. Later in the sentence, the corresponding noun "jury" should be the plural, "jurors." The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is, "they had become jurors."

Example Question #142 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a setence 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.

Nine out of every ten students who take Spanish as child will get jobs upon graduating college. 

Possible Answers:

spanish as children

spanish as child

Spanish as a child

Spanish as child

Spanish as children

Correct answer:

Spanish as children

Explanation:

In the sentence above, because the initial noun used is "students" we know that we are dealing with a group of students. Later in the sentence, the corresponding noun "child" should be plural. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is, "Spanish as children."

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