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.

Mary might go to see the movie with Tom and me on Friday.

A.  might go to see the movie with Tom and me

B.  might go to see the movie with Tom and I

C.  may go to see the movie with Tom and I  

D.  may go to the movies with Tom and myself

E.   can go to see a movie with Tom and myself


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.  Check the sentence systematically.  The word "might" is the correct word to indicate a possibility.  You can "go to see" a movie, so these words are correct.  You can also go to see a movie "with" someone, so this preposition is idiomatically correct.  The part that says "Tom and me" might sound strange, but think about it for a moment.  You cannot use the subjective case "I" after a pronoun, you must use the objective case "me."  You would say "go with me" and not "go with I."  There is no error in this sentence.  You can see that this question is testing pronouns when you look down at the answer choices and see the words "me," "I" and "myself" changing at the end of each line.

A.  You found no error in the sentence, so it makes sense to select the first choice, but check the other choices quickly.

B.  and C.  use the word "I" when you need the word "me."  Eliminate them.

D.  and E.  use the reflexive "myself" without referring back to an antecedent.  You could say "I did all the work myself" because the reflexive pronoun "myself" refers back to "I," but there is no "I" in this sentence.

You do not have to consider any of the other changes in the sentences in the answer choices because you know that the pronouns used in B, C, D, and E are incorrect.


The correct answer is (A). 

This is a medium level question.


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