SAT Writing : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #21 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Judged from a distance, the mountain looked smaller than it really was.

Possible Answers:

By judging it from a distance

While judged from a distance

Upon being judged from a distance

Judging it from a distance

Judged from a distance

Correct answer:

Judged from a distance

Explanation:

The initial sentence is correct. Only judged conveys the proper comparison in as few words as possible.

Example Question #11 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

The most disappointing element of the art exhibit was its inability to attain the painter's most well known works.

Possible Answers:

was it's inability to attain the painter's

was its inability to attain the painter's

was its inability to attain the painter as

was inability to attain the painter's

was its inability to attain the painters

Correct answer:

was its inability to attain the painter's

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs no changes to improve it. Further, all of the answer choices that do change the sentence make it incorrect grammatically.

Example Question #23 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Until the day he died, the man refused to ever see a doctor.

Possible Answers:

Until the day he died was the man

Until the day he died, the man

Until the day he died the man

Until, the day he died, the man

Until dying the man

Correct answer:

Until the day he died, the man

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs nothing changed. Additionally, all the other answer choices are grammatically incorrect on one level or another.

Example Question #24 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

As they walked into the wind, the girls all pulled their jackets tighter.

Possible Answers:

the girls all pulled their jackets tighter.

the girls all pulled there jackets tighter.

the girls all pulled they're jackets tighter.

the girl's all pulled their jackets tighter.

the girls' all pulled their jackets tighter.

Correct answer:

the girls all pulled their jackets tighter.

Explanation:

The sentence is structurally and grammatically correct just as it is. Every other answer choice actually makes the sentence grammatically incorrect.

Example Question #25 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

David brings it to himself first, then goes to John's to hand it over.

Possible Answers:

David brings it to himself first

David bringing it to himself first

David brought it to himself first

David brings it to him first

David bringing it to him first

Correct answer:

David brings it to himself first

Explanation:

As it is written, the sentence is completely correct grammatically and structurally. Further, every other answer choice makes the sentence grammatically incorrect, confusing, or both. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #1792 : Gmat Verbal

Not until he saw the full scene did the policeman understand the horror of the crime.

Possible Answers:

Not until seeing the full scene did the policeman understanding the horror of the crime.

Not until he saw the full scene did the policeman understand the horror of crime.

Not until he saw a full scene did a policeman understand the horror of the crime.

Not being until he saw the full scene did the policeman understand the horror of the crime.

Not until he saw the full scene did the policeman understand the horror of the crime.

Correct answer:

Not until he saw the full scene did the policeman understand the horror of the crime.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as it is written, and needs nothing done to it to make it grammatically or structurally better. Additionally, all the other answer choices make the sentence worse grammatically. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #26 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

The politician, a staunch defender of the military, was always ready to fight for a larger budget for the armed services.

Possible Answers:

The politician, a staunch defender of the military, was always ready fighting for a larger budget for the armed services.

The politician being a staunch defender of the military, was always ready to fight for a larger budget for the armed services.

The politician a staunch defender of the military was always ready to fight for a larger budget for the armed services.

The politician, a staunch defender of the military, was always ready to fight for a larger budget among the armed services.

The politician, a staunch defender of the military, was always ready to fight for a larger budget for the armed services.

Correct answer:

The politician, a staunch defender of the military, was always ready to fight for a larger budget for the armed services.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, with an interrupting phrase set off by commas and an appropriate usage of its verbs and prepositions. All the answer choices that change any of these elements makes the sentence incorrect grammatically. The best choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #1791 : Gmat Verbal

The pets in the classrom were beloved by all the students in the grade.

Possible Answers:

The pets around the classrom was beloved

The pets in the classrom, were beloved

The pets in the classrom were beloved

The pets in the classrom were beloving

The pets, in the classrom were beloved

Correct answer:

The pets in the classrom were beloved

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as it is written in the question, and needs no changes to improve it. Additionally, all the other answer choices make the sentence grammatically incorrect or confusing. The correct answer is to leave the sentence unchanged.

Example Question #12 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

The difficulties in arranging the meeting continued even after the parties were sitting down to talk.

Possible Answers:

The difficulties in arranged the meeting continued even after the parties were sitting down to talk.

The difficulties in arranging the meeting continued even after the parties were sitting down to talk.

The difficulties in arranging the meeting continues even after the parties had sitting down to talk.

The difficulties in arranging the meeting continued even after party's were sitting down to talk.

The difficulties of arranging the meeting continued but after the parties were sitting down to talk.

Correct answer:

The difficulties in arranging the meeting continued even after the parties were sitting down to talk.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly fine as it is written, and needs nothing to make it grammatically correct. All of the other options actually become grammatically incorrect. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as is.

Example Question #1241 : Improving Sentences

Rarely did he get any chance to actually show his snowboarding skills, now that he lived in a warmer climate.

Possible Answers:

his snowboarding skills, now that he lived

his snowboarding skills, now that he living

his snowboarding skills now that he lived

his snowboarding skills', now that he lived

his snowboarding skill's, now that he lived

Correct answer:

his snowboarding skills, now that he lived

Explanation:

The sentence as written is perfectly grammatically correct, and needs no improvement. All of the other answer choices create some other grammatical error.

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