SAT Writing : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #51 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

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

Covered in tapestries, paintings, and maps, the cozy library looked like it held a million secrets. No error

Possible Answers:

cozy

looked

No error

it

Covered in

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Nothing in this sentence needs to be changed!

Example Question #52 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

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

I would rather run an entire marathon than spend one more day sitting at that table nibbling crumpets. No error

Possible Answers:

than spend one more day

nibbling

that

No error

entire

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Entire” is an adjective that modifies a noun, “than spend one more day” is a logical comparison, “that” is a demonstrative pronoun used correctly, and “nibbling” is a present progressive verb that describes a concurrent action.

Example Question #54 : Identifying No Error Questions

The author was a master at writing science fiction that transported his readers to another dimension.

Possible Answers:

transported his readers to another dimension.

that transporting his readers to another dimension.

that transports his readers to another dimension.

that transported his readers to another dimension.

transporting his readers to another dimension.

Correct answer:

that transported his readers to another dimension.

Explanation:

The sentence is correct as is. The use of "was" indicates the second verb, in the underlined portion, also needs to be in the past tense. Additionally, "that" is needed to refer back to the author's writing.

Example Question #55 : Identifying No Error Questions

Choose the best answer from the options given.

The reason Mary and Kelly got into a fight was not their personalities but instead their shared love interest.

Possible Answers:

than because of their shared love interest

but instead their shared love interest

but rather their shared love interest

than their shared love interest

as it was sharing love interest

Correct answer:

but instead their shared love interest

Explanation:

The original sentence is most concise and effective.

Example Question #53 : Identifying Other Errors Or No Error

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

A salon, or a social gathering of important intellectuals and artists, is not to be confused with a Wild West saloon. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

is not to be

with

salon, or

intellectuals and artists,

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #61 : 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.

Henry was a fiercely stubborn child; he would carry out incredibly successful hunger strikes if he was not served macaroni and cheese for dinnerNo error

Possible Answers:

incredibly successful

was 

for dinner

child; he

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. The semi-colon between “child” and “he” is grammatical, “incredibly successful” uses adverbs and adjectives to modify the appropriate words, “was” is in the correct tense, and “for dinner” is an acceptable prepositional phrase.

Example Question #62 : 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.

Melissa and Tom dream of becoming owners of a gourmet ice cream shop when they grow up, and they are already creating their flavor list. No error

Possible Answers:

owners

when they grow up

No error

dream of

their

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Dream of” is a conventional combination of verb and preposition, “owners” is a noun that agrees in number with the subject, “when they grow up” is an acceptable adverbial phrase, and “their” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent “Melissa and Tom.”

Example Question #63 : 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.

One of the first abstract impressionists, Jackson Pollock was concerned with neither the praise of his supporters nor the criticism of his detractorsNo error

Possible Answers:

One of the first abstract impressionists

nor

criticism of his detractors

No error

concerned with

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no errors. The modifying phrase at the beginning of the sentence, "One of the first abstract impressionists," correctly modifies the subject right after it, "Jackson Pollock." The answer choice "concerned with" is correctly phrased. The answer choice "nor" is fine; it goes with the "neither" to form a correct "neither . . . nor" construction. Finally, the answer choice "criticism of his detractors" is fine because it preserves the parallel structure introduced earlier in the sentence by the phrase "praise of his supporters."

Example Question #62 : 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.

Thomas invited us over for a home-cooked meal at his place, but I doubt he could so much as scramble an egg. No error

Possible Answers:

but

No error

doubt

invited us over for

his

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Invited us over for” is a conventional use of prepositions, “his” is a pronoun that agrees with “Thomas,” “but” is the appropriate conjunction, and “doubt” is a verb in the correct tense.

Example Question #68 : 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.

I found it bothersome that the saleswoman said the cheetah-print ottoman did not come in purple, especially since we special ordered one to match our living room’s color palette. No error

Possible Answers:

said

No error

especially

bothersome

one

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Bothersome” is an adjective that describes a pronoun, “said” is a verb in the correct tense, “especially” is an adverb that is used appropriately, and “one” is a pronoun that agrees with its antecedent.

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