SAT Writing : Identifying Modifier-Word Modified Agreement Errors

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Example Question #11 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

Although many think of them as incredibly fast, my cheetah runs less than half as fast as my pet falcon flies. No error

Possible Answers:

them

my pet

less than

No error

as fast as

Correct answer:

them

Explanation:

"A cheetah" is singular, which does not match with the pronoun "them" used to refer to the cheetah in the preceding clause.

Example Question #12 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

In this city, the strong survive much more frequent than the weak. No error

Possible Answers:

frequent

the strong

survive

the weak.

No error

Correct answer:

frequent

Explanation:

In the sentence above, the word "survive" is being modified by the word "frequent." We know that frequent should be an adverb, rather than an adjective. The best way to correct the sentence above is:

"In this city, the strong survive much more frequently than the weak."

Example Question #13 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

Which of the two track stars will be quickest than the other? No error

Possible Answers:

Which of the two

will be

other?

quickest

No error

Correct answer:

quickest

Explanation:

In the sentence above, the phrase "which of the two track stars" is being modified by the word "quickest." Only two things are being compared, so a comparative adjective should be used, rather than a superlative. Superlatives are used when one item is being distinguished from a group of 3 or more items; comparatives are used to directly compare two items. The best way to correct the sentence above is:

"Which of the two track stars will be quicker than the other?"

Example Question #14 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

The soldiers may well have been the bravest man in the unit, but that bravery cost him his lifeNo error

Possible Answers:

cost him his life

bravest man in the unit

soldiers

No error

but that

Correct answer:

soldiers

Explanation:

In the sentence above, the word "soldiers" is being modified by the phrase "bravest man in the unit." Therefore, we know that soldiers should be singular. The best way to correct the sentence above is:

"The soldier may well have been the bravest man in the unit, but that bravery cost him his life." 

Example Question #15 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

After practicing for hour on end, Sarah finally managed to perform a perfect kickflip on her skateboard. No error

Possible Answers:

her

hour

perform

managed

No error

Correct answer:

hour

Explanation:

The structure of the sentence suggests that Sarah practiced for several hours in a row. The phrase "hours on end" would be correct.

Example Question #16 : Identifying Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

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

Josie ran as quick as the wind; she knew that she needed to gain some distance now, if she wanted a chance to win the race. No error

Possible Answers:

now,

No error

to win

to gain

quick

Correct answer:

quick

Explanation:

The word "quick" is modifying the verb "ran." Any time a verb is modified, it is correct to use an adverb (in this case, "quickly") rather than an adjective. A runner is quick, but that runner runs "quickly."

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