SAT Writing : SAT Writing

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT Writing

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Example Question #1 : Sat Writing

What is the simple subject of the sentence?

She came to the meeting, completely unannounced, and said some incredibly intelligent and courageous things.

Possible Answers:

said

meeting

things

said

She

Correct answer:

She

Explanation:

The simple subject is the noun or pronoun that does the action. The correct answer is "She."

Example Question #1 : Sat Writing

Identify the subject of this sentence.

It wasn't until they got to the beach that pale-skinned Jim realized he had forgotten his sunscreen at home.

Possible Answers:

It

sunscreen

beach

they

Jim

Correct answer:

Jim

Explanation:

Jim, the subject, is the one doing the action in this sentence.

Example Question #2 : Sat Writing

If you (A) are curious to learn (B) more about the places to tour in Spain, (C) one should confer (D) with more experienced travellers who have already been there. (E) 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.

Possible Answers:

B

E

A

D

C

Correct answer:

C

Explanation:

After the subject "you" has been introduced in a sentence, it is improper to switch to the subject "one." To do so would interrupt the continuity of the sentence. Therefore, (C) has an error, as it should read "you" instead of "one." 

Example Question #3 : Sat Writing

Which word is the simple subject of the following sentence?

Karen visits me once a month when she comes to town to see her grandmother.

Possible Answers:

me

grandmother

Karen

month

town

Correct answer:

Karen

Explanation:

Karen is the subject of the sentence, as she is the one doing the action, "visits."

Example Question #5 : Sat Writing

Identify the subject of the sentence.

Denny really wanted a pet rooster, so he was upset when all he got from Santa Claus for Christmas was an iguana.

Possible Answers:

iguana

rooster

Denny

Santa Claus

Christmas

Correct answer:

Denny

Explanation:

Denny is doing the action of this sentence ("wanted"); therefore, he is the subject of the sentence.

Example Question #4 : Sat Writing

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

A letter from the U.K. arrived at our front door, but I could not tell to who it was addressed because most of the ink was smeared. No error

Possible Answers:

door, but

who

from the U.K. 

No error

was smeared

Correct answer:

who

Explanation:

“Who” should be changed to “whom” because it is the object of the preposition “to.” "Whom" is the objective pronoun, while "who" is a subjective pronoun.

Example Question #4 : Sat Writing

Which of the following nouns is the simple subject of the sentence?

A lot of new business opportunities are available in Russia because of the attention it is getting from the Olympics.

Possible Answers:

attention

opportunities

Olympics

Russia

business

Correct answer:

opportunities

Explanation:

The sentence is focused on presenting the opportunities in Russia. Though "opportunities" may not seem to be doing any action, the subject is. "Are available" is the verb in this sentence, so the action the opportunities are doing is simply being available. This is a tricky one!

Example Question #2 : Sat Writing

Running to and fro across the gymnasium, Liz realized that dodgeball wasn't her favorite activity.

Which of the following words is the object of a preposition in the sentence?

Possible Answers:

realized

gymnasium

activity

dodgeball

Running

Correct answer:

gymnasium

Explanation:

The sentence's only prepositional phrase with an object is "across the gymnasium," and "gymnasium" is the object of the preposition. (Across what did Liz run? The gymnasium.)

Example Question #5 : Sat Writing

Going grocery shopping can be quite tiring if you need to visit multiple stores to find specific, hard-to-find ingredients.

Which of the following words is functioning as the subject of the sentence?

Possible Answers:

stores

ingredients

grocery

you

Going

Correct answer:

Going

Explanation:

"Going" is the subject of this sentence as "going" is functioning is a gerund, or a verb that ends in "-ing" and functions as a noun in a sentence. An example of a simpler gerund would be the word "swimming" in the sentence "Swimming is fun."

 

Example Question #6 : Sat Writing

Identify the subject in the following sentence.

Neil's new scissors that his mother gave him for art class tore a massive hole in his backpack.

Possible Answers:

him

scissors

backpack

Neil's

hole

Correct answer:

scissors

Explanation:

The sentence can be divided as follows:

[Neil's new scissors] [that his mother gave him] [tore a massive hole in his backpack.]

[Neil's new scissors] = the complex subject, with "scissors" being the simple subject and "Neil's new" acting as adjectives that modify "scissors"

[that his mother gave him] = a descriptive phrase about the subject

[tore a massive hole in his backpack] = predicate, with "tore" acting as the verb.

"Scissors" is therefore the subject.

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