SAT Writing: 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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Knowsys Method

Read the sentence carefully, listening for errors.  Then quickly check the underlined portions against the Big 8 grammar concepts.  Mark the error when you find it, and quickly check any remaining choices.

What makes this question difficult is that the original sentence is complex and hard to understand.  Before you consider any errors, read through this sentence a couple of times to get a feel for how it is structured.  Once you have gotten past the convoluted nature of the sentence itself, the error should be easy to spot.  

A.  This underlined portion contains a verb, “has been raising.”  Always check to make sure verbs are in the correct tense and that they agree with the subject.  This particular verb is singular, so it agrees with the subject “the Miller Group.”  The verb is in the present perfect tense, which works because the action began in the past and continues into the present.  Eliminate this choice.

B.  It is idiomatically correct to say that something has been happening “since” some year in the past.  Eliminate this choice.

C.  There is nothing wrong with this choice at first glance.  “Annually” is an adverb that tells you when the organization donates money to schools.  It is not until you read to the end of the sentence that you realize what is wrong with choice C.  “Each year” means the same thing as “annually,” so “annually” is redundant and should be eliminated.  Keep this choice and quickly check the remaining options.

D.  It is idiomatically correct to say that money is donated “to” a group.  Eliminate this choice.  

E. You have already found an error, so E cannot be your choice.

The correct answer is (C).

This is a hard level question.

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