SAT Writing : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

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Example Questions

Example Question #61 : 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.

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a person's health equally.

Possible Answers:

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a persons' health equally.

Recent studies' suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a person's health equally.

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a person's health equally.

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise, do not help a person's health equally.

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a persons health equally.

Correct answer:

Recent studies suggest that all forms of exercise do not help a person's health equally.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs nothing done to improve it. The answer choices that do make a change in the sentence make it grammatically incorrect. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as written.

Example Question #62 : 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.

Making a difference in someone else's life is frequently cited as the best thing a person can do.

Possible Answers:

Making a difference in someone else's life, is frequently cited as the best thing a person can do.

Making a difference in someone else's life is frequently cited, as the best thing a person can do.

Making a difference in someone elses life is frequently cited as the best thing a person can do.

Making a difference in someone elses' lives is frequently cited the best thing a person can do.

Making a difference in someone else's life is frequently cited as the best thing a person can do.

Correct answer:

Making a difference in someone else's life is frequently cited as the best thing a person can do.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written and needs no changes made to it in order to improve it. The answer choices that do make a change to the sentence make it grammatically incorrect. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as is.

Example Question #51 : 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.

Making amends for his previous statements, the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Possible Answers:

Making amends for his previous statements; the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Making amends for his previous statements: the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Making amends for his previous statements, the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Making amends for his previous statements and the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Making amends for his previous statements the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Correct answer:

Making amends for his previous statements, the politician sought to reach out to the offended groups.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs no improvements made to it. The answer choices that do make a punctuation change make the sentence in some way grammatically incorrect. The best choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #64 : 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.

The hardest part for most people to figure out was why the judge made the order in the first place.

Possible Answers:

The hardest part for most people to figure out were why the judge made the order in the first place.

The hardest part for most people to figure out was why the judge made the order in the first place.

The hardest part for most people to figure out was why the judge made the order on the first place.

The hardest part for most people in figuring out was why the judge made the order in the first place.

The hardest part's for most people to figure out was why the judge made the order in the first place.

Correct answer:

The hardest part for most people to figure out was why the judge made the order in the first place.

Explanation:

The sentence, although a bit confusingly worded, is absolutely correct as written. Additionally, the answer choices that do make a change make the sentence grammatically incorrect. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #65 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

The overhwhelming majority of voters support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

Possible Answers:

The overhwhelming majority, of voters, support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

The overhwhelming, majority of voters support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

The overhwhelming majority of voters support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch traffic patrols and after school programs.

The overhwhelming majority of voters support basic initiatives, as like neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

The overhwhelming majority of voters support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

Correct answer:

The overhwhelming majority of voters support basic initiatives, such as neighborhood watch, traffic patrols, and after school programs.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs no improvements made to it. Additionally, all of the answer choices that do make a change make the sentence gramatically incorrect. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is.

Example Question #66 : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

The music out in the street carried all the way up to the highest parts of the hotel building.

Possible Answers:

The music out in the street carried all the way up to highest parts of the hotel building.

The music out for the street carried all the way up to the highest parts of the hotel building.

The music out in the street carried all way up to the highest parts of the hotel building.

The music out in the street carried all the way on to the highest parts of the hotel building.

The music out in the street carried all the way up to the highest parts of the hotel building.

Correct answer:

The music out in the street carried all the way up to the highest parts of the hotel building.

Explanation:

The sentence has every grammatical and usage element correct, and does not need to be improved. The changes that are made make the sentence gramatically incorrect, confusing, or problematic in some way. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #61 : 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.

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly, which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

Possible Answers:

No one had ever, challenged the professor so directly, which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly, which made the student's brashness, quite remarkable.

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly; which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly, which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

Correct answer:

No one had ever challenged the professor so directly, which made the student's brashness quite remarkable.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as written, and needs no changes made to it in order to improve it. The answer choices that do make a change to the sentence make the sentence grammatically incorrect. The best choice is to leave the sentence alone, with no changes being made.

Example Question #51 : 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.

The young boy never stood a chance against his older classmates, but he still gave a full effort on the field.

Possible Answers:

The young boy never stands a chance against his older classmates, but he still gave a full effort on the field.

The young boy never standing a chance against his older classmates, but he still gave a full effort on the field.

The young boy never stood a chance against his older classmates, but he still gave a full effort on the field.

The young boy never stood a chance against his older classmates, but he still giving a full effort on the field.

The young boy never stood a chance against his older classmates, and he still gave a full effort on the field.

Correct answer:

The young boy never stood a chance against his older classmates, but he still gave a full effort on the field.

Explanation:

The sentence has no grammatical issues or usage problems, and needs no improvements made to it. The answer choices that do make a change to the sentence make it grammatically incorrect or create a usage issue. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence alone.

Example Question #69 : 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.

The crowd had never quite seen anything like the magician's trick, causing the sustained ovation at the end of the show.

Possible Answers:

causing the sustained ovation at the end the show.

causing the sustaining ovation at the end of the show.

causing the sustained ovation at the end of the show.

caused the sustained ovation at the end of the show.

causing the sustained ovation under the end of the show.

Correct answer:

causing the sustained ovation at the end of the show.

Explanation:

The underlined phrase has no issues, and needs nothing done to it. The answer choices that make changes actually create a problem in the sentence. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #62 : 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.

The woman was never satisfied with her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days of receiving them.

Possible Answers:

The woman was never satisfied with her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days of receiving them.

The woman was never satisfied with her husband's gifts, usual returning them within a few days of receiving them.

The woman was never satisfied on her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days of receiving them.

The woman was never satisfying with her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days of receiving them.

The woman was never satisfied with her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days in receiving them.

Correct answer:

The woman was never satisfied with her husband's gifts, usually returning them within a few days of receiving them.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as it is presented in the question, and needs no improvements made to it. Additionally, the answer choices that do make a change turn the sentence into a grammatically incorrect one. The correct answer is to leave the sentence as it is written.

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