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. 

Read the sentence to yourself, listening for errors.  Quickly check each underlined portion against the Big 8 Grammar Rules, marking any error you find.  Remember, some sentences will not have an error.

Before the end of the semester, each of you needs to meet with your adviser or I to discuss your plans for next year. No error

(A) In this case, the word “before” is a kind of modifier because it tells when the students must meet with their advisers.  It is placed right next to the words it modifies "the end of the semester," so there is no problem with its placement.  (A) has no error.

(B) The phrase “each of you” is idiomatically correct.  (B) has no error.

(C) The verb “needs” should agree with the subject “each of you.”  “Each of you” is singular so “needs” is correct.  If “each of you needs” sounds odd to you, think of it this way: you would say “he needs” and “she needs” rather than “he need” and “she need.”  (C) has no error.

(D) After a preposition, you must always use the word “me” rather than the word “I.”  Look before the underlined “I” and you will find the preposition “with.”   You would say “meet with me,” not “meet with I.”  Mark that error.

(E) This choice cannot be correct because you already identified an error.

The correct answer is (D).

On, 68% of the responses were correct.

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