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Problem with Identifying Grammar Mistakes...

GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
edited September 2011 in SAT Preparation
Ugh... I always seem to struggle on these on my SAT practices and PSAT practices. I often get 5 of these wrong out of the 39 questions when I would only get 0-2 questions wrong on the rest of the writing portion (rewriting sentences and grammar in passages). It is VERY frustrating. For example, before the writing portion I could be on track for a 220, but when I take it it drops to a 205. My main problem is the time crunch I have along with my mediocre background in grammar. Does anyone have any GENERAL tips in doing these types of questions? Obviously you barely know me, so just tell me what you do to get by those.
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Replies to: Problem with Identifying Grammar Mistakes...

  • DorkyelmoDorkyelmo Posts: 1,770Registered User Senior Member
    Dude same here.
    Bump this thread up !
  • LoseYourselfLoseYourself Posts: 1,191- Member
    Read Silverturtle's guide. :D
  • ClepsydraClepsydra Posts: 199Registered User Junior Member
    A lot of questions have subject-verb agreement errors, which can be as simple as whether "is" or "are" is used. To make the error easier to find and the sentence easier to read, find the subject and verb of of the sentence. Cross out unnecessary phrases even, and the sentence will still be readable. For example:

    "Ongoing research by several scientists suggest that regular periods of meditation reduce blood pressure and are likely to contribute to other improvements in health."

    This sentence has an error in it, but it might be hard to see because of all the extra info. Pared down, the sentence is:

    "Research suggest that..." Now we can see that "research", the singular subject, is paired with "suggest", the plural verb. The correct sentence would be "Research suggests..."

    Another kind of error common on the SAT is idiom error. It's little phrases like "because of." People just don't say "because to." These kind of things you just have to memorize, and it sucks. I've found this helpful in the past: Idioms and phrases

    There's more kinds of errors, but I can't think of any tips for them. Someone else, please?
  • ClepsydraClepsydra Posts: 199Registered User Junior Member
    Or haha yeah, just look at Silverturtle's guide.
  • GiveMeReasonGiveMeReason Posts: 309Registered User Member
    Can someone send me a link to it?

    Sent from my Nexus One using CC App
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