SAT Writing: Identifying Sentence Errors

Identifying Sentence Errors

Read the sentence and select the portion of the sentence that contains an error if there is an error.  If there is no error, select E. 


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The Knowsys Method

Read the entire sentence carefully, listening for errors.  Then quickly check each underlined part against the Big 8 Grammar Rules. 

The grammar rule that is tested here is idioms.  Start by looking at the first underlined portion of the sentence.

A.  "Seems" is a verb, so make sure that it matches the subject of the sentence.  "The animal seems" is correct because you would not say "the animal seem."  There is no error here.

B.  The word "although" must introduce a contrast.  Here the contrast is between the guess that the animal is a raccoon and the uncertainty that the writer still feels.  There is no error here.

C.   It is idiomatically correct to write that it is "difficult to do something."  This part of the sentence uses "to" before "see."  There is no error here.

D.  The word "clearly" is a modifier.  It is an adverb that ends in "ly" and it is placed as close as possible to the word it modifies ("see").  There is no error here.

E.  You checked each underlined portion, so you can be confident that there is no error in this sentence.  Don't be afraid to pick "No Error"!


The correct answer is (E). 

This is a medium level question.


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