Question1: Since September Patricia has been working
at the convenience store down the road.
Theres actually nothing wrong with the sentence as written. The phrase since September is a clue that a perfect tense will be required.
Only A uses a perfect tense.
Question 2: To help freshmen and sophomores in selecting their courses, candid reviews of courses and instructors compiled by juniors and seniors.
This is an easy one. Theres a subject (reviews) but no verbthe reviews dont do anything!
Eliminate A; theres no verb.
Eliminate B; theres no main verb (just a gerund, which doesnt count for our purposes).
C has an infinitive verb. Wrong. Eliminate it.
E merely extends the introductory phrase.
D adds a verb and puts it into the active voice.
Question 3: The landscape artist who designed New York Citys Central Park believed that providing scenic settings accessible to all would not only benefit the publics physical and mental health and also foster a sense of democracy.
The underlined portion of the sentence includes an incorrect coordinating conjunctionits not only/but also, not not only/and also.
D changes and to but."
Question 4: In areas where deer roam freely, residents must dress to protect themselves against deer ticks that might transmit diseases.
Theres nothing wrong with this sentence, and all the answer choices other than A introduce new errors.
Question 5: Given the cost of a hardcover book, the price of it typically hovers around $25, many consumers ask their book dealers, When will the paperback be out?
This sentence contains a comma splicean entire sentence spliced into another with commas, not semicolons or conjunctions.
The way to correct this problem is to turn the underlined portion into a nonrestrictive clause using the conjunctive adverb which.
C does this.
Question 6: The article featured the Sea Islands because many were known there to live much as their ancestors of a century ago had lived.
This sentence has two problems. There is in the wrong place and theres no antecedent for many except Islands, which dont live in any manner at all.
C corrects both of these problems.
Question 7: A poetic form congenial to Robert Browning was the dramatic monologue, it let him explore a characters mind without the simplifications demanded by stage productions.
This sentence contains a comma splicean entire sentence spliced onto another with a comma, not a semicolon or conjunction.
There are three ways to fix this: break up the sentence into two, replace the comma with a semicolon, or change it to which.
B correctly implements the third option.
Question 8: Many eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Romantic poets were believers in rebellion
against social conventions, express strong emotion, and the power of imagination.
The problem here is parallel structurea list of three things should phrase each of them in the same way. In this case, that means a list of three nouns.
Choice E does that, using the nouns rebellion, expression, and power.
Question 9: At the Constitutional Convention of 1787, the proposal to replace the existing Articles of Confederation with a federal constitution were met with fierce opposition.
The problem here is subject-verb agreementif the subject is the singular proposal, the plural verb were is inappropriate.
Luckily for us, English uses the phrases to be met with and to meet with to mean exactly the same thing.
D deletes were and leaves the correct phrase met with.
Question 10: When for the first time the United States imported more oil than it exported, Americans should have realized that an energy crisis was imminent and could happen in the future.
The problem here is redundancyif something is imminent, of course it might happen in the future.
The solution is to remove the latter part of the underlined portion.
E does this.
Question 11: Intimacy, love, and marriage are three different, if interrelated, subjects.
There is nothing wrong with this sentence, and all answer choices other than A add new errors. (They also add length!)
Question 12: Coney Island
The problem with this sentence is that it is incomplete; it has a subject, but no verb. The logical solution is to replace and capable of with was capable of.
Question 13: Inflation
There is nothing wrong with this sentence.
Question 14: Uniforms
The clue here is that this sentence combines an infinitive with a gerundto meeting. This never works, unless the gerund is being used like a noun and the to is acting as a preposition.
The solution is to make the infinitive a proper infinitive to meet.
Question 15: Bread in the refrigerator
The problem with this sentence is subject-verb agreement. (When either the subject or the verb is underlined, but not both, check whether they agree!)
Here, the verb is underlined but not the subject, so the only way to correct the sentence is to change increase to increases.
Question 16: Voter survey
Once again, check gerunds and infinitives to make sure they havent been switched or incorrectly combined.
In this case, inability must have an infinitive after it to work.
Question 17: Marie Curie
When a verb in the perfect tense is underlined, check to make sure its really necessary; often, it has replaced a correct past-tense verb.
In this case, had been should be the past-tense was.
Question 18: Maple syrup
The problem here is subject-verb agreement again; the subject is sound and requires the singular verb signals.
Question 19: Investors in 1929
When adjectives are underlined, make certain that they modify nouns; when adverbs are underlined, make sure they modify adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs.
In this case, lucky can only be modified by an adverb such as exceptionally, not the adjective exceptional.
Question 20: Mississippi River
This sentence contains no errors.
Question 21: Air pollution
Theres nothing wrong with this sentence either.
Question 22: Headlights
This sentence contains an underlined verb. Theres your clue!
The subject is the singular (actually noncount) light, but the verb is the plural are.
Question 23: Greek mythology
Theres nothing wrong with this sentence.
Question 24: Museums butterfly conservatory
Theres an underlined infinitive (to gain). Theres your clue!
The idiom here should be of gaining. Thats righttheyve swapped a gerund for an infinitive again.
Question 25: Shakespeare
Theres an underlined pronoun. Thats your clue!
In this case, the plural pronoun they has no plural antecedent. (No, the SAT will not let you use they for a singular antecedent of unknown gender.)
Question 26: Kepler
This sentence is all about idioms. In English, its incorrect to say something is inconsistent to something else. Its always inconsistent with that something else.
Question 27: Evolution
Whenever two things are being compared, make sure theyre actually comparable.
In this case, the sentence is comparing Lynn Marguliss theory with most biologistand its nonsensical to compare a theory with a group of people.
Question 28: Tall buildings
Pronouns again! The pronoun they is underlined. What is its antecedent?
Thats rightits each, which is singular. Theres your error.
Question 29: Toxic waste
Pronouns! One of the underlined segments contains the pronoun it. What is its antecedent?
Thats right. Its the plural chemicals. Theres your error.
Question 30: Which is the best version of the underlined portion of Sentence 2?
Theres no error in this sentence, so nothing needs correction.
All of the options either introduce grammatical errors or change the subject (incorrectly) from Tanner to Du Bois.
Question 31: Which is the best version of the underlined portion of Sentence 4?
If Tanners work was forgotten, but the Smithsonian later revived interest in it, and is the wrong conjunction for this sentence.
D removes and and uses the preposition until, suggesting a change in Tanners status.
C uses but; however, its wordier and more awkward than D.
Question 32: Which is the best revision of sentence 6?
This sentence is grammatically correct, but not formal enough to mesh with the rest of the paragraph.
E replaces the informal you with the more formal one and offers the shortest, simplest construction.
Question 33: Which is the best way to revise sentence 7?
Always look out for wordiness. This sentence doesnt need by the name of; calling the work the realistic painting ‘The Banjo Player is perfectly adequate.
Question 34: Which sentence is best inserted after sentence 7?
Once the passage mentions the painting, dont you want to know what it looks like? The paintings subject matter is an obvious topic for the next sentence, yet the passage as presented never describes the content of the painting.
A corrects this oversight.
Question 35: Which is best to add to the beginning of sentence 9?
The goal here is to add something that coordinates with the rest of the sentence: The painting isnt like a photograph.
The phrase Although it is realistic sets up a pleasant contrast. It is also relatively concise.
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