SAT Writing : Correcting Conjunction Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #11 : Correcting Correlative Conjunction 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.

My mother told me to go to the store and pick up either ten apples, or ten bananas. 

Possible Answers:

either ten apples, or

either ten apples or

either ten apples, and

either ten apples nor

either ten apples, but

Correct answer:

either ten apples, or

Explanation:

When either is used in a sentence, it must be followed by it's coordinate conjunction, "or." The best way to correctly write the sentence above is "My mother told me to go to the store and pick up either ten apples, or ten banana."

Example Question #21 : Correcting Phrase, Clause, And Sentence 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.

Neither beef or pork is particularly sustainable as a food source.

Possible Answers:

Neither beef, or pork

Neither beef or pork

Neither beef nor pork

Neither beef of pork

Neither beef and pork

Correct answer:

Neither beef nor pork

Explanation:

When neither is used in any sentence, it must be followed by it's coordinate conjunction, "nor." The best way to correctly write the sentence above is "Neither beef nor pork is particularly sustainable as a food source."

Example Question #932 : Improving Sentences

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.

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but made Paul very upset.

Possible Answers:

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, also you made Paul very upset.

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but also you made Paul very upset.

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but you made Paul very upset.

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but made Paul very upset.

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark but also you made Paul very upset.

Correct answer:

Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but also you made Paul very upset.

Explanation:

When "not only" is used in any sentence, it must be followed by it's coordinate conjunction, "but also." The best way to correctly write the sentence above is "Not only have you ruined your friendship with Mark, but also you made Paul very upset."

Example Question #24 : Correcting Phrase, Clause, And Sentence 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.

Grammar is as easy for John as math is for Sarah; they both have their own strenghts. 

Possible Answers:

as easy for John under math is for Sarah

both easy for John as math is for Sarah

with easy for John as math is for Sarah

as easy for John with math is for Sarah

as easy for John as math is for Sarah

Correct answer:

as easy for John as math is for Sarah

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "as," and it is being used as part of a parallel structure, it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "as." As such, the sentence is correct above as written.  

Example Question #25 : Correcting Phrase, Clause, And Sentence 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.

Whether you fight in the tournament nor go back home, you must make a choice. 

Possible Answers:

Whether you fight in the tournament if go back home

Whether you fight in the tournament under go back home

Whether you fight in the tournament and go back home

Whether you fight in the tournament or go back home

Whether you fight in the tournament nor go back home

Correct answer:

Whether you fight in the tournament or go back home

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "whether," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "or."  As such, the "nor" in the sentence above should be changed to "or."

Example Question #26 : 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.

Neither the boys' counselor nor the girls' was equipped to handle the catastrophe. 

Possible Answers:

Neither the boys' counselor nor the girls' counselor

Neither the boys's counselor nor the girls's

Neither the boys' counselor nor the girls'

Neither the boy's counselor nor the girl's

Neither the boys' counselor or the girls'

Correct answer:

Neither the boys' counselor nor the girls' counselor

Explanation:

Whenever you use correlative conjunctions in a sentence, the things that are being compared amidst the conjunctions should have parallel structure. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is: "Neither the boys' counselor nor the girls' counselor."

Example Question #27 : 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.

Either you will get back into the car, or you walk home by yourself.

Possible Answers:

or walk home by yourself.

or, walk home by yourself.

or you will walk home by yourself.

or you walk home by yourself.

or will walk home by yourself.

Correct answer:

or you will walk home by yourself.

Explanation:

Whenever you use correlative conjunctions in a sentence, the things that are being compared amidst the conjunctions should have parallel structure. The best way to correct the underlined portion of the sentence above is: "or you will walk home by yourself."

Example Question #28 : 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.

Thor was not as popular a god as Odin, according to recent archaeological data. 

Possible Answers:

as popular a god as

as popular a god or

as popular a god and

and popular a god as

as popular as if

Correct answer:

as popular a god as

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "as," and it is being used for a direct comparison between two things and followed by another conjunction, it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "as." As such, the sentence above is correct as it is written. 

Example Question #29 : 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.

Both men or women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it; don't let anyone tell you otherwise. 

Possible Answers:

Both men and women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it;

Both men or women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it,

Both men nor women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it;

Both men or women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it, but

Both men or women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it;

Correct answer:

Both men and women are capable of being nasty when the situation calls for it;

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "both," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "and." As such, the "or" in the sentence above should be changed to "and." "Or" is never the correct correlative conjunction to use with "both."

Example Question #30 : 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.

Either pick up your things promptly, or don't bring them into my laboratory again.

Possible Answers:

with don't bring them into my laboratory again

or don't not bring them into my laboratory again

nor don't bring them into my laboratory again

or don't bring them into my laboratory again.

and don't bring them into my laboratory again

Correct answer:

or don't bring them into my laboratory again.

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "either," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "or."  As such, the sentence above is correct as it is written. 

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