Identifying Errors A
Identifying Errors B
Idioms
Improving Sentences
Potpourri
100
(Even before) he became the youngest player to win the Wimbledon men’s (singles) championship, Boris Becker (had sensed) that his life would (no longer) be the same. (No error)
No error
100
(At last,) (late) in the afternoon, a long line of flags and colored umbrellas (were) seen moving (toward) the gate of the palace. (No error)
C (was)
100
Suzy took the SAT Class in the hopes ___ _____ her SAT score. A. that her SAT score would improve. B. Of improving her SAT score C. To improve D. Improving
B (in the hopes of)
100
(Looking up) from the base of the mountain, the trail seemed more treacherous than it really was. (A) Looking up (B) While looking up (C) By looking up (D) Viewing (E) Viewed
E - dangling participle
100
Which of the following is not a criterion for SAT Essay Scoring? A: Word choice B: Organization C: Clarity of thought D: Taking a side/point of view E: Correctness of facts/details
E
200
If any signer of the constitution (was) to return to life (for a day), his opinion (of) our amendments (would be) interesting. (No error)
A (if...were)
200
If one (lives) in Florida (one day) and in Iceland the (next), he is (certain) to feel the change in temperature. (No error).
No error
200
I am curious _____ nature and all the different types of species that live in the Amazon rainforest. A. of B. (nothing) C. by D. at E. about
E (curious about)
200
A: Barbara cannot help but think that she will win a college scholarship. B: Barbara cannot help but to think she will win a college scholarship. C: Barbara cannot help not to think that she will win a college scholarship. D: Barbara can help but think that she will win a college scholarship. E: Barbara cannot but help thinking that she will win a college scholarship.
A (cannot help but [verb])
200
Which of these are not a common problem found on the SAT: A. noun/verb agreement B. parallelism C. spelling D. placement of modifiers E. use of relative/descriptive clauses.
C - spelling
300
(Now) that the stress of examinations and interviews (are) over, we can (all) (relax) for a while. (No error)
B (is)
300
Psychologists and psychiatrists (will tell) us that it is of the utmost importance that a (disturbed) child (receive) professional attention (as soon as) possible. (No error).
No error
300
I am suspicious ___ your motives A. Of B. Towards C. In D. To E. (nothing)
A (suspicious of)
300
The revolt against Victorianism was perhaps even more marked in poetry than (either fiction or drama.) (A) either fiction or drama (B) either fiction or in drama (C) either in fiction or drama (D) in either fiction or drama (E) in either fiction or in drama
D - parallelism
300
List at least 2 ways you can get a zero on your SAT essay.
Don't write anything, write in pen, write off-topic
400
The American standard of living (is) still (higher than most) of the other countries (of) the world. (No error)
C - (than that of most)
400
(Due to) the failure of the air-cooling system, many in the audience (had left) the meeting (before) the principal speaker (arrived). (No error).
A – because of. Due to is a predicative adjective, can only be used in the middle.
400
Your answer is inconsistent ______ what we learned in class. A. To B. Of C. (nothing) D. With
D (inconsistent with)
400
Personal shoppers observe that the thoughtful consumer (buys fewer cheaply made articles of clothing than does the impulsive individual.) A. buys fewer cheaply made articles of clothing than does the impulsive individual B. buys fewer cheaply made articles of clothing than individuals shopping impulsively C. buying fewer cheaply made articles of clothing than does the impulsive individual D. buy fewer cheaply made articles of clothing than the impulsive individual do E. in contrast to impulsive individuals, buy fewer cheaply made articles of clothing
A (correct verb conjugation, parallelism/singular-plural agreement)
400
List three times it is okay to use the passive voice in your writing
1) Subject is unknown 2) Want to make object the main focus 3) Want to de-emphasize the subject (ex: science)
500
The dean (of the college), together (with) some other faculty members, (are) planning a conference for the purpose of (laying) down certain regulations. (No error)
C (are---> is)
500
The industrial (trend) (is) in the direction of (more) machines and (less) people. (No error)
D - (fewer)
500
After living in Korea for over 3 years, I have acquired a tolerance ____ humid climates. A. Of B. For C. To D. With E. Toward
A (tolerance of)
500
A: He never has and he never will keep his word. B: He has never yet and never will keep his word. C: He has not ever and he will not keep his word. D: He never has or will keep his word. E: He never has kept and he never will keep his word
E. Cannot repeat kept because you use a different verb form --> Will keep
500
All of the following contain redundant word(s) / phrasing EXCEPT: A: My past experience tells me that I should take a lot of practice tests. B: The bridge is currently being repaired. C: I thought to myself how strange it seemed. D: Whitney Houston had a very unique voice. E: Profit is estimated at about 10 million pounds. F: The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
F A - past experience B - currently being C - thought to myself D - very unique E - estimated at about
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