Subject Verb Agreement

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6/16 Identifying Sentence Errors

The following sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. If that 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.

For Identifying Sentence Errors questions, always read the sentence and focus on anything that sounds strange or wrong. Determine wether that part of the sentence is actually incorrect, then identify the part of the sentence that, if changed, would correct the error. Double-check that the other sections of the sentence are correct as they are, and finally, mark the correct answer on your answer sheet.

In order to prepare for the speech he was given to all of the parents and teachers at the school, George practiced speaking in front of a group of his friendsNo error

In this sentence, B should stand out right away. As the sentence stands right now, the verb "given" is in the wrong form. If you only read the sentence up to B it almost looks like it could be correct. You have "In order to prepare for the speech he was given . . ." and that doesn't seem like a mistake. However, if you continue reading, the sentence becomes "In order to prepare for the speech he was given to the parents and teachers . . . " Now it should be obvious there is something wrong. Clearly, the speech "George" is preparing for is a speech he "was giving . . . " or "would be giving. . . "  Once you have identified the error, you are finished with the problem. Remember that you should always try to predict how you would fix the sentence, it will help you to be confident that the underlined portion that you choose is really an error.

The correct answer choice is (B).

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