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 no error, select E.

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Knowsys Method

Read the sentence carefully, listening for errors. If you do not find the error immediately, then check the underlined portions against the Big 8 grammar concepts.

A.  When you see a verb underlined, check to see whether it agrees with its subject.  In this case, the verb “gave” agrees with its subject, “orientation.”  Eliminate this choice.

B.  The phrase “chance + to + verb” is idiomatically correct.  You would say “I had the chance to win a prize,” not “I had the chance winning a prize,” or “I had the chance win a prize.”  Eliminate this choice.  

C.  You might notice once you reach this point in the sentence that a list has begun.  The freshmen have the chance “to tour” campus, and they also have the chance “to learn” about school rules.  Verbs in a list should be parallel, as these two are.  This is not the error, so eliminate this choice.  

D.  The first two items in the list are “to tour” and “to learn,” so the last item should be “to meet,” not “they met.”  This choice is not parallel, so it must be the error in the sentence.

E.  The sentence includes an error, so E cannot be correct.  

The correct answer is E.

This is a medium level problem.

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