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It is easy to think of Shakespeare as a relic of the past, but his works are still being performed today. Groups like The Baron's Men perform Shakespearean plays in replica Globe theaters, even encouraging the audience to interact with the performers as they did in Shakespeare's day. Attending a performance could give your essay an exciting historical yet personalized touch. 

4/23 Identifying Sentence Errors

The following sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence contains no error, select choice E. 

Remember to read the sentence and make a prediction, then check that prediction and the other answer choices against the requirements of standard written English. 

Aside from Shakespeare, perhaps no writer in English have engaged the public’s imagination more thoroughly than Charles Dickens.  No error
First, does anything sound odd? C should; the verb "have" doesn't seem quite right. First, consider the entire verb phrase: "have engaged." What is the subject? Who or what "have engaged?" The answer, of course, is "no writer." However, "no writer" is obviously singular, so the plural verb "have" does not agree. Check the other answer choices before committing.

A: "Aside from" is correct. The two words function together as a preposition, with "Shakespeare" as its object.

B: "perhaps" is used correctly. It is an adverb modifying the verb phrase "have engaged."

D: "more thoroughly than" is also used correctly. These words are used to compare Dickens to other authors in the English language.

The answer is C. 


On sat.collegeboard.org, 77% of responses were correct. 


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