SAT Writing : Correcting Conjunction Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : 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.

Whether nor not you wish to win the race, if you don't stretch you're going to injure yourself.  

Possible Answers:

Nor not you wish to win the race,

Whether or not you wish to win the race,

Whether nor not you wish to win the race,

Either or not you wish to win the race,

Whether nor not you wish, to win the race,

Correct answer:

Whether or not you wish to win the race,

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." "Nor" is a correlative conjunction used with "neither." Note that when "whether" is used "or" needs to be used, even if the sentence is expressing a negative condition.

Example Question #941 : Improving Sentences

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

After hours of deliberation, the committee agreed to proceed with neither Plan A or Plan B. No error

Possible Answers:

committee

proceed

No error

After

or

Correct answer:

or

Explanation:

"Nor," nor "or," must follow the word "neither" in a phrase such as this.

Example Question #33 : 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.

Whether nor not you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic and jingoistic, you must respect his office. 

Possible Answers:

Whether you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic nor jingoistic

Whether not you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic nor jingoistic,

Whether or not you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic and jingoistic,

Whether nor not you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic and jingoistic,

Whether, you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic nor jingoistic,

Correct answer:

Whether or not you consider the Senator's behavior patriotic and jingoistic,

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." "Nor" is used as a conjunction with "neither" not always in cases where a negative option is provided.

Example Question #951 : Improving Sentences

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 serve with distinction, nor without it, but regardless, you will serve. 

Possible Answers:

Either you will serve, with distinction, nor without it,

Either you will serve with distinction or without it

Either you will serve with distinction, or without it,

Either you will serve, with distinction, or without it,

Either you will serve with distinction, nor without it,

Correct answer:

Either you will serve with distinction, or without it,

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "either," 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 #31 : Correcting Correlative Conjunction 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 the new movie is going to be the best thing ever, nor it will be a catastrophic failure. 

Possible Answers:

ever: nor

ever nor

ever, nor

ever or

ever, or

Correct answer:

ever, or

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "either," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "or." As such, the "nor" in the sentence above should be changed to "or." "Nor" is used with "neither."

Example Question #953 : Improving Sentences

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 bats or rats are considered to be desirable animals to keep in one's home.

Possible Answers:

Neither Bats or Rats

Either bats nor rats

Neither bats nor rats

Neither bats or rats

Neither Bats nor Rats

Correct answer:

Neither bats nor rats

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "neither," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "nor." As such, the "or" in the sentence above should be changed to "nor."

Example Question #37 : 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 choose to continue nor you will be forced to face your own failure. 

Possible Answers:

Either you choose to continue nor you

Either you choose to continue or you

Neither you choose to continue or you

Either one choose to continue nor one

Either you choose to continue and you

Correct answer:

Either you choose to continue or you

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "either," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "or." As such, the "nor" in the sentence above should be changed to "or." "Nor" is the correct correlative conjunction for "neither." The best way to correct the underlined portion above is: "Either you choose to continue or you"

Example Question #31 : Correcting Correlative Conjunction 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 William or Christopher are particularly good writers; they need to spend more time practicing.

Possible Answers:

Neither william or christopher

Neither, William or Christopher

Neither William or Christopher

Neither William nor Christopher

Neither William or Christopher,

Correct answer:

Neither William nor Christopher

Explanation:

Whenever you see the conjunction "Neither," it must always be followed by the correlative conjunction "nor." As such, the "or" in the sentence above should be changed to "nor." The correct answer is, "Neither William nor Christopher"

Example Question #32 : Correcting Correlative Conjunction 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 Paul or Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled; they were both furiously upset by the inaccurate findings. 

Possible Answers:

Both Paul and Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled,

Both of Paul and Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled;

Both Paul and Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled;

Both Paul or Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled;

Both Paul or Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled,

Correct answer:

Both Paul and Mark had a big problem with the way the inquiry was handled;

Explanation:

"Both," it should be followed by the correlative conjunction "and." As such, the "or" in the sentence above should be changed to "and." "Or is the correlative conjunction used with "either."

Example Question #40 : 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.

Not only have you ruined our day, but you ruined that gorgeous cake.

Possible Answers:

but one ruined that gorgeous cake.

but you ruined that gorgeous cake.

but you ruined that gorgeous, cake.

but also you ruined that gorgeous cake.

but you ruined this gorgeous cake.

Correct answer:

but also you ruined that gorgeous cake.

Explanation:

"Not only," should be followed by the correlative conjunction "but also." As such, the "but" in the sentence above should be changed to "but also."

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