SAT Writing : Identifying Noun-Noun Agreement Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT Writing

varsity tutors app store varsity tutors android store varsity tutors amazon store varsity tutors ibooks store

Example Questions

Example Question #141 : Identifying 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.

Passionate about computers, Kevin and Roy decided to become a software engineer and start a company in their hometownNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

decided to

a software engineer

in their hometown

Passionate about computers

Correct answer:

a software engineer

Explanation:

The phrase "a software engineer" is incorrect because there are two subjects in the sentence. The subject is plural, so the phrase must also be plural. The correct phrase would be "software engineers."

Example Question #21 : Identifying Noun Noun 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.

Watching the Olympic 5000m final, Bob was amazed at the runners' combination of endurance and running quickly. No error

Possible Answers:

runners'

No error

running quickly

was amazed

Watching the Olympic 500m final

Correct answer:

running quickly

Explanation:

The phrase "running quickly" does not have parallel structure with "endurance." In order for this sentence to be correct, and for the structure to be correctly parallel, the "runners' combination" must either be two traits, like "endurance and fortitude," or two verbs in the same tense. 

Example Question #698 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined portion of the sentence below that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

The five best friends all vowed to become a great lawyer when they got older. NO ERROR

 

Possible Answers:

NO ERROR

a great lawyer

older.

The five

vowed

Correct answer:

a great lawyer

Explanation:

"The five best friends" are plural at the beginning of the sentence, we know that while each of them individually might become "a great lawyer" as a group, they would be vowing to become "great lawyers."  As such, that part of the sentence should be corrected.  

Example Question #699 : Identifying Sentence 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 Emily picked out a dress, tights, and a pair of shoes in the newly opened store, she paid for it at the counter. No error

Possible Answers:

newly opened

No error

picked out

a pair of shoes

it

Correct answer:

it

Explanation:

This question is looking for agreement between the nouns in the sentence—"a dress, tights, and a pair of shoes" and "it." Since Emily is buying multiple items, "a dress, tights, and a pair of shoes" is plural and the corresponding noun of "it" should be as well. "It" is singular and therefore incorrect; the second half of the sentence should be fixed to "she paid for them at the counter."

Example Question #141 : Identifying Agreement Errors

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

Most bears have really large claw and can climb trees at extremely well. No error

Possible Answers:

claw

extremely

No error

climb

Most

Correct answer:

claw

Explanation:

The "bears" (plural), many of them, have more than one claw each. "Claw" must be replaced with the singular "claw."

Example Question #151 : Identifying Agreement Errors

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

Nikki and Reena hope to become the world's most famous dancer some day. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

most

hope

world's

dancer

Correct answer:

dancer

Explanation:

Since there are two people in the sentence, they cannot become one single dancer. Since "Nikki and Reena" are connected with "and," and are not separated into individual grammatical units by another conjunction the word "dancer" must be changed to "dancers" so that both nouns agree.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Noun Noun Agreement Errors

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

When a manager is sick, they should call Lisa in the Human Resources Department. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

in

they

is sick

manager

Correct answer:

they

Explanation:

Since the subject, "manager," is singular, the pronoun should be he or she, not they. "They" refers to a subject that is plural. The noun and pronoun in the sentence do not agree.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Noun Noun Agreement Errors

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

Each individual has their right to the freedom of speech and expression according to the Constitution. No error

Possible Answers:

freedom

No error

their

according to

Each

Correct answer:

their

Explanation:

Since the subject of the sentence is "each individual," the pronoun should be "his or her." "Their" refers to a large group, not individuals within that group, thus the noun and pronoun do not agree.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Noun Noun Agreement Errors

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

Every time a medical student has the opportunity to treat a patient, their self esteem and confidence levels increase. No error

Possible Answers:

medical student

opportunity

their

treat

No error

Correct answer:

their

Explanation:

The subject of the sentence is "student," which is singular; however the pronoun is "their", which is plural. "Their" should be replaced with "his or her" so that it agrees with the singular noun.

Example Question #21 : Identifying Noun Noun Agreement Errors

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

A geese has a long neck and is considered to be a wild animal. No error

Possible Answers:

geese

No error

a long

to be

is considered

Correct answer:

geese

Explanation:

Geese is the plural form of goose. The word "geese" should be replaced by "goose". This is because the rest of the sentence is in singular form, particularly words such as neck and animal. Also, because the singular article "a" is used, this also necessitates the singular form "goose."

Learning Tools by Varsity Tutors