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SAT Writing: Improving Sentences

Improving Sentences

Select the choice that results in the best sentence – the sentence that follows the requirements of standard written English and communicates effectively.

My partner and myself presented our findings to the class.

A.  My partner and myself presented

B.  My partner and me presented

C.  My partner and I presented

D.  My partner and I myself present

E.  My partner, and me too, presented

 

The Knowsys Method

Read the entire sentence carefully, listening for errors.  Then focus on the underlined part.  Evaluate it by checking it against the Big 8 Grammar Rules.  If you find an error, use that error to quickly eliminate any answer choices that do not fix the problem you found.

The grammar rule that is tested here is pronouns.  The word "myself" is a reflexive pronoun.  Like all pronouns, it must refer back to an antecedent.  However, the word "my" cannot serve as an antecedent for "myself."  That means you need to use either "I" or "me."  The word "I" is correct here because you are looking for the subject who presented.  Mark this error and look down at your answer choices.

A.  This choice matches the original sentence.  Eliminate it immediately. 

B.  "Me" is an object and not a subject.  For example, he threw the ball to me.  Eliminate this choice.  

C.  This choice matches your prediction. 

 D.  The words "I" and "myself" might be used together to emphasize my role in something, but the verb in this choice also changes.  This changes the meaning of the original sentence.  Eliminate this choice.

E.  This choice is wordy and choppy.  Eliminate it.

 

The correct answer is (C). 

This is a medium level question. 

 

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