SAT Writing : Recognizing Sentences That Contain No Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT Writing

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Example Questions

Example Question #1651 : Sentence Correction

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.

She never much cared for her cousin, who was only a few months older.

Possible Answers:

She never much caring for her cousin, who was only a few months older.

She never much cared at her cousin, who was only a few months older.

She never much cared for her cousin, who was only a few months older.

She never much cared for her cousin, who was only the few months older.

She never much cared for her cousin, who was only a few month's older.

Correct answer:

She never much cared for her cousin, who was only a few months older.

Explanation:

The sentence needs no improvements made to it, as it contains no grammatical errors. All of the answer choices that do make a change introduce some grammatical error into the sentence. The correct answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #81 : 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.

Working toward a common goal, the former enemies grew to be close friends.

Possible Answers:

Working toward a common goal; the former enemies grew to be close friends.

Working toward a common goal, the former enemy's grew to be close friends.

Working toward a common goal, the former enemies grew, to be close friends.

Working toward, a common goal, the former enemies grew to be close friends.

Working toward a common goal, the former enemies grew to be close friends.

Correct answer:

Working toward a common goal, the former enemies grew to be close friends.

Explanation:

As it is written, the sentence is grammatically correct, and needs no improvements made to it. Additionally, the answer choices that do make a change in the sentence create a grammatical problem. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence alone.

Example Question #81 : 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.

Working toward a solution, the committee confidently announed their progress to the press.

Possible Answers:

Working toward a solution, the committee, confidently announced, their progress to the press.

Working toward a solution the committee confidently announced their progress to the press.

Working toward a solution, the committee confidently announced their progress to the press.

Working toward a solution, the committee confidently announced, their progress to the press.

Working toward a solution, the committee confidently announced their progress, to the press.

Correct answer:

Working toward a solution, the committee confidently announced their progress to the press.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct as it is written and needs no changes or improvements made to it. Additionally, the answer choices that do make a change make the sentence grammatically incorrect, so the sentence should be left as it is.

Example Question #82 : 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 hiking trail was clearly marked, and straying away from the path was strictly forbidden.

Possible Answers:

The hiking trail was clear marked, and straying away from the path was strictly forbidden.

The hiking trail was clearly marked, and straying away from the path was strictly forbidden.

The hiking trail was clearly marked, and straying away from the path was strictly forbidding.

The hiking trail was clearly marked, and strayed away from the path was strictly forbidden.

The hiking trail was clearly marked, and straying away from the path is strictly forbidden.

Correct answer:

The hiking trail was clearly marked, and straying away from the path was strictly forbidden.

Explanation:

The sentence is perfectly correct grammatically as it stands, and needs no improvements made to it. The answer choices that do change an element of the sentence actually make it grammatically incorrect. The best answer choice is to leave the sentence as it is written.

Example Question #83 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing No Errors

There are a couple options for our long weekend holiday: we can go to Hawaii for a quick trip or up to Portland.

Possible Answers:

There are a couple options for our long weekend holiday, we can go to Hawaii for a quick trip or up to Portland.

No change

There are many options for our long weekend holiday; we can go to north or south.

There are many options for our long weekend holiday, we can go to Hawaii for a quick trip or up to Portland.

There are many options for our long weekend holiday, we can stay here or go away.

Correct answer:

No change

Explanation:

This sentence is clear, direct, and well written as is. There is no need to shift the language. Most of the incorrect answers change the meaning of the original sentence, while "there are a couple options for our long weekend holiday, we can go to Hawaii for a quick trip or up to Portland" is a comma splice.

Example Question #82 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing No Errors

Bethany simply could not believe it when she was asked to join the city council; she had been waiting for an opportunity like this for years.

Possible Answers:

when she was asked to join the city consul;

when she was asked to join the city counsel;

when she was being asked to join the city council;

when she was asking to join the city council;

when she was asked to join the city council;

Correct answer:

when she was asked to join the city council;

Explanation:

The sentence is best in its original form. This is a question testing your ability to make the right word choice. "Council" means committee.

Example Question #82 : 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.

While some people find crossword puzzles to be tedious, others claim they can provide helpful mental stimulation.

Possible Answers:

tedious, others claim it can provide 

tedious, others claim that being provided by them is

tedious, others claim they can provide 

tedious; others claim they can provide 

tedious; others claim it can provide 

Correct answer:

tedious, others claim they can provide 

Explanation:

There is no error in the sentence, so its original wording is the best choice. The subject of the sentence is the plural "puzzles," so changing the pronoun to the singular "it" would be a mistake. A semicolon would create a sentence structure problem, and the last possible answer choice, "tedious, others claim that being provided by them is," unnecessarily replaces the active voice with the passive voice, making the second part of the sentence awkward and wordy.

Example Question #1861 : Gmat Verbal

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 law prevented both active wiretapping and snooping.

Possible Answers:

active wiretapping, and snooping.

active wiretapping snooping.

active wiretapping, snooping.

active, wiretapping, and snooping.

active wiretapping and snooping.

Correct answer:

active wiretapping and snooping.

Explanation:

The key word in the sentence is "both." This indicates that the underlined portion holds two items, "active wiretapping" and "snooping." Thus, the use of "and" appropriately separates the two items, and no punctuation is necessary.

Example Question #83 : 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.

You and I will be the ones to go into the room first.

Possible Answers:

You and me

You and I

Me and you

I and you

You, I

Correct answer:

You and I

Explanation:

The appropriate use of the pronouns "you" and "I" together as the subject of the sentence is in the sentence as it is written. The correct answer is to leave it as "You and I."

Example Question #642 : Improving Sentences

The magician, known as the Magnificent Interrupter, was notable for stopping his tricks to explain them to the audience.

Possible Answers:

The magician was known as the Magnificent Interrupter, was

The magician, known as the Magnificent Interrupter was

The magician, known as the Magnificent Interrupter, was

The magician known as the Magnificent Interrupter was

The magician known as the Magnificent Interrupter, was

Correct answer:

The magician, known as the Magnificent Interrupter, was

Explanation:

The phrase "known as the Magnificent Interrupter" is an interrupting phrase, a phrase that provides information, but is not necessary to the structure of the sentence. Such clauses need to be set apart from the sentence by commas, so the correct answer is to leave the sentence as it is written.

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