SAT Writing : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #96 : 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.

Experts agree that one's likelihood of developing heart disease is proportionate to the amount of cholesterol one ingests in one's food. No error

Possible Answers:

developing 

one's

No error 

proportionate 

ingests 

Correct answer:

No error 

Explanation:

There are no mistakes in this sentence.

Example Question #71 : 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.

Spinning around to face the intruder, Jack stifled a cry of recognitionNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

stifled

to face

a cry of recognition

Spinning

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written! "Spinning", "to face," and "stifled" are all the correct forms of the verbs, and "a cry of recognition" is a well-formed noun phrase.

Example Question #72 : 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.

Although I already bought tickets to the upcoming football game, I suddenly fell ill this afternoon, and will have to miss the game. No error

Possible Answers:

suddenly fell ill

bought

No error

will have to

Although

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence correctly uses verb tenses. The speaker describes previously purchasing tickets, and "bought" correctly conveys that event as taking place in the past. In the present, the speaker gets sick, which "suddenly fell ill" indicates. Finally, the speaker states he or she will have to miss the game in the future, as "will have to" correctly conveys.

Example Question #73 : 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.

My family has had a long and storied history in this country, living off the land before eventually moving to the big cityNo error

Possible Answers:

No error

storied

has had

off the land

to the big city

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Although "has had" may catch your eye because it is the same verb in two different tenses, it is actually correctly used in this sentence. Likewise, the word "storied" is being correctly used to modify the word "past"—although it may sound like a verb, "storied" is an adjective. There are actually no errors in this sentence.

Example Question #74 : 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.

Were it the case that the two political parties could set aside their differences, actual reforms would be sure to follow. No error

Possible Answers:

could set aside

Were it the case

their

No error

reforms

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Although it might sound odd, "Were it the case" is indeed grammatically correct; it is an inversion of the phrasing "If it were the case" in the subjunctive mood. Since the sentence refers to both political parties, it is appropriate to say "their" differences rather than "its" differences, since it is referring to both of them together rather than each separately. There are no grammatical problems in this sentence.

Example Question #82 : Identifying No Error Questions

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

The penguins failed to understand that the trainer wanted them to twirl around in circles, so they continued to swim around their tank as usualNo error 

Possible Answers:

them

failed to understand

No error

as usual

around

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #75 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

Karen, who had been quiet for the entire meeting, suddenly perked up when someone mentioned the idea of bringing puppies into the office for a stress relief day. No error

Possible Answers:

when someone mentioned

of bringing

meeting,

who

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There is no error in this sentence. The verbs are in appropriate forms, the prepositions are correct, and the punctuation is appropriate and logical.

Example Question #76 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

With their star player injured for the rest of the season, the team was despondent; nobody was willing to step up into the vacant leadership role. No error

Possible Answers:

their

despondent;

with 

No error

nobody

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no error. There are no word usage errors, and the semicolon and comma use is appropriate. Note that, in this case, the two independent clauses could stand on their own as sentences, but since the content of these sentences is so clearly connected a semicolon or a comma with a conjunction are both better choices than a period stylistically.

Example Question #77 : 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.

For as long as David has gone to school, he should be smarter than I. No error

Possible Answers:

than I

has gone

No error

For

should be

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

Everything in the sentence is correct. The verbs agree, "For" introduces the sentences, and "than I" is correct instead of "than me" because it really translates as "than I am smart," but the "I am smart" is understood.

Example Question #78 : 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.

Persistent as its efforts were, the team's hopes had been crushed by the devastating performance of the opposing team's pitcher. No error

Possible Answers:

were

team's hopes had been crushed

opposing team's

No error

its

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

"Its" is proper because it refers to the singular team, "were" is proper because it is the verb of the subject "efforts," and "team's hopes" and "team's pitcher" both use "team" as a possessive properly. Thus, this sentence contains no error. "Its" is the correct possessive singular; "it's" is a contraction of "it is."

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