TACHS Language : Other Adjective and Adverb Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for TACHS Language

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Usage

Select from the given options the one that includes a usage error. If all of the options are correct, select "no mistakes."

Possible Answers:

No mistakes

We had a terrible time at the football game. It was bitter cold.

I sincerely do not like football.

The brain trauma issue deeply bothers me, especially when the players are not being paid.

Correct answer:

We had a terrible time at the football game. It was bitter cold.

Explanation:

The example sentence erroneously uses an adjective where an adverb is needed. "Bitter," in this context, modifies the verb "was," and therefore should be replaced by the adverb "bitterly." If the cold were being used as a noun, then the adjective form of "bitter" would be appropriate—for example, "We were wrapped in a bitter cold."

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