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. 



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 pronouns.  Start by looking at the first underlined portion of the sentence.

A.  The word "suddenly" is a modifier.  It is as close as possible to the word that it modifies, "realized," and it has the correct "ly" ending.  There is no error here. 

B.  Any time that you see the word "me," check to see whether it should be "I."  Would you ever say "people around I"?  No!  You would say "people around me."  Mark this error and quickly check the remaining underlined portions.

C.  Who were not in costume?  The people.  The word "people" is plural, so "were" is necessary instead of "was."  Notice that the past tense is appropriate because of the word "realized."  There is no error here. 

D.  Look for an antecedent for the word "they."  The antecedent is "people," so the plurality of this sentence is correct.  The pronoun "they" also matches the verb "were."  There is no error here.

E.  You know this cannot be the answer because you already marked an error.


The correct answer is (B). 

This is a medium level question. 


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