SAT Writing : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #61 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Every single dollar has been spent on candy; the children ought to be taught about saving their moneyNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

candy; the

Every

dollar has been

their money

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error. In particular, "every single dollar has been spent" is correct: "every" is a singular subject requiring a singular verb.

Example Question #62 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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 hiking for three full days, the team of hikers arrived at the summit of the peak. No error

Possible Answers:

at the summit

No error

the team of hikers

of the peak

Hiking

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no errors.

Example Question #61 : Identifying No Errors Or Other Errors

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

Making a quilt by hand takes a tremendous amount of planning, time, and effort, so should you ever be lucky enough to receive a handmade quilt, be sure to thank the person who made it for youNo error

Possible Answers:

should you ever be lucky enough

be sure to thank the person who made it for you

No error

Making a quilt by hand

a tremendous amount of planning, time, and effort

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is grammatically correct as written and needs no stylistic revisions: "Making a quilt by hand" is a noun phrase based on a gerund that functions as the subject of the sentence; "a tremendous amount of planning, time, and effort" correctly uses parallel structure and the Oxford comma; "should you ever be lucky enough" correctly uses the present tense and subjunctive mood, and "be sure to thank to person who made it for you" is a correct imperative statement.

Example Question #64 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

A group of leading experts in entomology, the study of insects, is coming to speak to my biology class about career opportunities in that exciting field. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

in that

about

in

is

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Make sure that you identify the proper subject in this sentence. Many students are fooled by collective singulars: "a group of experts," "a team of players," "a school of fish," "a murder of crows," and so forth. In all of these cases, even though we are talking about many individual things, we are conceiving of them as single entities. As you may have noticed, the little word "of" will frequently alert you to the presence of a collective singluar in this kind of construction. This type of sentence can also confuse the eye, as there are two plural nouns ("experts" and "insects") between the subject ("group") and the main verb ("is").

Example Question #61 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Either house will do, but neither of the two is perfect. No error

Possible Answers:

will

is

Either

neither

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error. "Neither" uses the correct verb (singular) and "either" is used properly.

Example Question #66 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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 Statue of Liberty, perhaps the most recognizable symbol of American freedom, was actually constructed in France and given to the United States as a gift of friendship between the two nations. No error

Possible Answers:

was

a gift of friendship.

given to

No error

Liberty, perhaps

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in the sentence. Verb tenses are consistent for the timeline, and the descriptive—or interrupting—phrase is correctly separated by two commas.

Example Question #67 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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 brave woman surreptitiously entered the aliens’ spaceship, hoping to discover their weaknesses and use the information to aid the defense. No error

Possible Answers:

their weaknesses

brave

hoping

surreptitiously

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #68 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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 must not fault them for mistaking the date; it was, after all, leap year.

Possible Answers:

No error

One

it was

mistaking

fault them for

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #69 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Though not Oscar-worthy fare, the silly comedy about a simian baseball player managed to make me and him laugh.

Possible Answers:

a simian

Though not

me and him

managed to

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Young children often misuse "me" as the subject of a sentence ("Can me and Timmy watch a movie?"); however, sometimes we can be corrected for making this mistake so many times that we grow to fear using the word "me" at all—even when it's properly the object of a clause! In this sentence, the phrase "make me and him laugh" may sound funny, but it correct. "Comedy" is the subject, "make . . . laugh" the verbal phrase, and "me and him" is the object, so we use the object forms of the pronouns.

Example Question #70 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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.

With excitement sparkling behind the tears in her eyes, Mary announced that her poodle, the pride and joy of her life, had just won the regional dog show.

Possible Answers:

announced

eyes, Mary

behind

No error

had just won

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written. “Behind” is the appropriate use of a preposition, the comma between “eyes” and “Mary” is grammatical, “announced” is a verb in the correct tense, and “had just won” is an appropriate combination of verb and adverb.

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