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

A.  The phrase "performers in the" may raise a red flag for you.  "Performers in (group)" is much more common than "performers of (group)," and there is nothing grammatically wrong with this phrase.  There is no error here. 

B. Check this verb to see whether it agrees with the noun of the sentence.  The noun (performers) is plural, and the verb (have) is plural as well.  There is no error here.

C. Any time you see the word "being" underlined in an Identifying Sentence Errors question, you have probably found the error.  Does this phrase match up with the other item in this list?  No.  "Immortal words" is an adjective plus a noun, and "being a skilled actor" is a verb plus a noun.  "Being a skilled actor" should be changed to "skilled acting" to create the proper parallel structure.  This is an error!

D.  "To create" is grammatically correct.  Two things can come together to create something else.  There is no error here. 

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


The correct answer is (D).

This is a medium level question. 


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