SAT Writing : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #91 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

For myself, I have no further reason to disbelieve what the committee says.

Possible Answers:

For me,

From myself,

To myself,

For myself,

For mine,

Correct answer:

For myself,

Explanation:

The underlined phrase perfectly fits the sentence. The preposition "for" refers appropriately to the condition of the sentence. The use of the reflexive pronoun "myself" is also correct as the subject of the sentence is the first person pronoun "I," and "myself" can refer to the subject of the sentence when used in an introductory phrase.

Example Question #92 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Among other critiques, Martin Luther attacked the Catholic Church for the sale of indulgences, the practice of allowing congregants to purchase expiation for their sins. 

Possible Answers:

indulgences, the practice of

indulgences when

indulgences, whereupon the practice of

indulgences being the practice of

indulgences; the practice of

Correct answer:

indulgences, the practice of

Explanation:

The original sentence, which contains an appositive noun phrase, is best. The other options lead to illogical statements or sentence fragments.

Example Question #92 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing 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 repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

Working on his car was the single activity that gave the man the most pleasure in his life.

Possible Answers:

Working on his car was the single activity that gave the man of the most pleasure in his life.

Working on his car was the single activity that gave the man the most pleasure in his life.

Working on his car was the single activity that gave the man the most pleasure on his life. 

Working on his car was the single activity that giving the man the most pleasure in his life.

Working on his car was a single activity that gave the man the most pleasure in his life.

Correct answer:

Working on his car was the single activity that gave the man the most pleasure in his life.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written; nothing needs to be done to it to make it grammatically correct. In fact, all of the answer choices that do make a change create some grammatical or usage issue. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #102 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing Correct Sentences

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 repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

Teenagers are given new rights and responsibilities under the law with each passing birthday.

Possible Answers:

Teenagers given new rights and responsibilities under the law with each passing birthday.

Teenagers are given new rights and responsibilities under the law with each passing birthday.

Teenagers are given new rights and responsibilities, under the law with each passing birthday.

Teenagers are given new right's and responsibility's under the law with each passing birthday.

Teenagers are giving new rights and responsibilities under the law with each passing birthday.

Correct answer:

Teenagers are given new rights and responsibilities under the law with each passing birthday.

Explanation:

The sentence, although strangely worded, has no grammatical errors. Every answer choice that does change something actually makes the sentence grammatically incorrect. Therefore, the correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #94 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing 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 repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

Using a variety of skills he picked up, the scout was able to survive in the woods for the days.

Possible Answers:

Skills being used he had picked up

Using skilled variety that he picked up

Using a variety of skills picking up

Using a variety of skills he picked up

Skills he used and picked up

Correct answer:

Using a variety of skills he picked up

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and all the other answer choices that do make a change are either confusing or grammatically incorrect. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #91 : Recognizing 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.

When you do research on the Internet, it is imperative that you evaluate each site; you must consider the date of the information, the reliability of the author, and the accuracy of the facts.

Possible Answers:

When you did your research on the Internet

When you do research on the Internet

When you had done your research on the Internet

When you will do your research on the Internet

When you have done your research on the Internet

Correct answer:

When you do research on the Internet

Explanation:

No change. This is the most concise, most correct answer.

Example Question #93 : Recognizing 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.

In a dramatic defeat, the villain relinquished his last weapon and began the harrowing tale of how he started down the path of evil.

Possible Answers:

relinquished his last weapon and is beginning the harrowing tale

relinquished his last weapon, and beginning the harrowing tale

relinquished his last weapon and began the harrowing tale

relinquishing his last weapon, has begun the harrowing tale

relinquished his last weapon; began the harrowing tale

Correct answer:

relinquished his last weapon and began the harrowing tale

Explanation:

The original sentence is concise, has parallel structure, follows a logical sequence, and has consistent verb tenses.

Example Question #93 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing 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.

Although confusing to most readers, literary scholars appreciate the book quite a lot.

Possible Answers:

Although confusing to most readers, literary scholars appreciate the book quite a lot.

Although confusing to most readers, literary scholars appreciates the book quite a lot.

Although confusion to most readers, literary scholars appreciate the book quite a lot.

Although confusing to most readers literary scholars appreciate the book quite a lot.

Although confusing to most readers, literary scholars appreciate the book quite lot.

Correct answer:

Although confusing to most readers, literary scholars appreciate the book quite a lot.

Explanation:

The sentence is absolutely correct as written, and needs nothing done to improve it grammatically, structurally, or logically. Additionally, all the other answer choices make the sentence worse on some level. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as is.

Example Question #105 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing Correct Sentences

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.

Moving into the future, the party's leaders decided to abandon their unsuccessful strategy.

Possible Answers:

Moving into the future the party's

Moving into future parties

Moving into the future, the party's

Moving into the future: the party's

 Moving into the future, the parties

Correct answer:

Moving into the future, the party's

Explanation:

The underlined section does contain a number of punctuation marks and interesting wording, but it is entirely correct. No changes need to be made to the sentence.

Example Question #93 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing 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.

Children frequently want toys they have seen advertised on their favorite television shows.

Possible Answers:

they saw advertising

the advertising they saw

they seen advertised

they have seen advertised

they have seeing advertised

Correct answer:

they have seen advertised

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence, while slightly awkwardly worded, is perfectly correct grammatically. All of the other answer choices have either an incorrect verb tense or a construction that muddles the meaning of the sentence.

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