SAT Writing : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Question #81 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

1 The purpose of this agricultural practice is to produce large amounts of meat, milk, eggs, and textiles, such as wool and leather, at low costs. 2 It has many negative consequences; however, and many activists have raised concerns about sustainability, environmental risks, and ethics. 3 Factory farming, sometimes known euphonically as intensive animal farming, or industrial farming, is the practice of raising livestock at very high densities in order to decrease the costs of production. 4 On most factory farms, animals are reduced to commodities: bred unnaturally, confined in uncomfortably small cages, and dosed with high strength antibiotics to reduce concomitant infections. 5 Although, the livestock suffers considerately, drug-resistant bacteria become more common, and significant environmental hazards arise from the high quantities of animal waste. 6 Does the phrase manure lagoons sound familiar? 7 As a light of this issue, many people choose to become vegetarian or join anti-factory farming campaigns. 8 What will you do?

How should the underlined portion of Sentence 4 be rewritten?

Possible Answers:

animals are reducing to commodities:

animals are reducing to commodities;

animals are reduced to commodities;

animals are reduced to commodities: (no change)

animals are reduced to commodities,

Correct answer:

animals are reduced to commodities: (no change)

Explanation:

Here, a colon is correctly used to introduce a list that is preceded by an independent clause. The sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #82 : 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.

As we climbed up and over the rocky, sere, cheerless hilltop, the wind rose to a howling pitch; I almost lost my hat. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

sere, 

up and

pitch;

rose

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

The sentence contains no errors as written. It is correct to use commas to separate the sequential adjectives in the description of the hill, but it would be incorrect to insert one between "up" and "and" (since "As we climbed up" is not an independent clause). "Rose" is the correct past tense use of "rise," and since "I almost lost my hat" could function as a sentence by itself, the semicolon after "pitch" is appropriate.

Example Question #83 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No Errors

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

"There's something I've been meaning to tell you," she said softly, lowering her face, "but I just haven't been able to bring myself to hurt you like that." No error

Possible Answers:

No error

like

been meaning

face, "but

softly,

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There are no errors in the sentence as written. The divided quotation is clearly a single sentence, and it is appropriately set off from the dialogue tag by the commas after "you" and "face." Note that if the dialogue were inserted between two separate sentences in the quotation, you would need to use a period after "face" and a capital letter for the first word in the second quoted sentence.

Example Question #84 : 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 errors at all.

Georgina thought that she and Helen had both had a good time, but she was worried in her heart that the other woman despised her. No error

Possible Answers:

thought

despised

but

had both had

No error

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

There are no errors in this sentence. Although it may look at a glance like an ambiguous pronoun reference, Georgina is clearly the subject of the sentence (indicated by the clear subject-verb pairing "Georgina thought"), so the "she" in the second clause continues to refer to her rather than to Helen. 

Example Question #85 : 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.

Paul was at the end of his rope; he wasn't sure if he was going to make it through the conference. No error

Possible Answers:

wasn't sure

going to make

No error

rope;

Paul was at

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence contains no errors. The two independent clauses making up this compound sentence are correctly connected using a semicolon. The rest of the sentence is also correct. Note that a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction could also have been used to connect these two sentences.

Example Question #86 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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.

Paul was having a hard time in training; his instructor Duncan was forcing him to work incredibly hard. No error

Possible Answers:

was forcing

No error

Paul was having

training;

incredibly hard.

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

In this sentence a semicolon is correctly used to connect two independent clauses into a compound sentence. The verb tenses are all correct, and all grammatical elements of the sentence agree with the subject. There is no error in the sentence above: it is correct as it is written.

Example Question #87 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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.

I bought several things from the store last night: I bought cheese, I bought tortillas, and I bought tomatoes. No error

Possible Answers:

No error

I bought

store last night:

I bought tortillas,

I bought tomatoes. 

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

In this sentence, a colon correctly introduces a list, which itself correctly uses a parallel structure. Note that the same verb structure is used in the list, and that the clause preceding the colon is an independent clause that does not end with a verb. There is no error in the sentence above: it is correct as it is written.

Example Question #101 : 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.

After days of indecision, the school's Board of Athletic Safety and Welfare has decidedto delay further discussion of the new agenda until its next annual meeting. No error

Possible Answers:

further

of the new agenda

No error

has decided to delay

indecision

Correct answer:

No error

Explanation:

This sentence is correct as written.

Example Question #88 : Identifying Sentences That Contain No 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.

I like to eat many desserts: cookies, ice cream, and cake, but I really shouldn't eat them every single dayNo error

Possible Answers:

really shouldn't

ice cream, and cake,

I like to eat many desserts:

No error

single day.

Correct answer:

I like to eat many desserts:

Explanation:

The example sentence correctly uses a colon to introduce a list of items, in this case desserts. Since the clause preceding the colon is a complete independent clause, and the last word of that clause is a noun, the colon is correctly placed. The rest of the sentence is also correctly punctuated.

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