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Westminster Abbey is one of the architectural, cultural, and historical treasures of London. Construction began in the 13th century and did not cease until the 16th. The Abbey is still a church used for regular worship services, and it has seen over a dozen royal weddings and several royal funerals. Look at the left-hand side of the web page for more information about the history of Westminster Abbey. 

5/20 Improving Sentences

Part or all of the following sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Select the option that produces the best sentence. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A.

On Improving Sentences questions, always remember to read the sentence and make a prediction about what changes would correct any errors you find. This prediction will help you eliminate wrong answers and quickly zero in on the correct choice.

Since William the Conqueror in 1066, every British sovereign has been crowned in Westminster Abbey except Edward V and Edward VII, neither of them were crowned.

The first thing that you should notice is the comma after "Edward VII." Even though it is not underlined, it should jump out at you because if you split the sentence at that point, you could put a comma there and have two sentences. Normally, that would mean that the comma is incorrect and a semicolon would work better; since the comma is not underlined, the underlined section needs to be rephrased in such a way that it is not a sentence. The easiest way to do that is to change "of them" to "of whom." In addition, the singular word "neither" needs the singular verb "was." Check the answer choices for one that includes "of whom" and "was."


A) neither of them were

B) neither were

C) neither of whom was

D) with neither being

E) with neither who had been

The answer is C.


On sat.collegeboard.org, 53% of responses were correct.


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