<p>1.) George Thornton Emmons was one of a handful of ethnographers who committed their life to studying the Tlingit culture of the Northwest Coast. No error</p>
Collegeboard explanation: The error in this sentence occurs at (C), where there is noun-noun disagreement. The singular noun "life" does not agree with the plural noun "ethnographers."
My Question: According to college board, their life is supposed to modify ethnographers, but I thought in these kinds of sentences that their life is supposed to modify the one.</p>
<p>2.) Something of a phenomenon in the entertainment world, political satirists are admired by conservatives and radicals alike. No error</p>
<p>Answer: No error
Collegeboard explanation: There is no error at (A). The pronoun "something" refers correctly to the status of political satirists, and the preposition "of" is an appropriate idiom to connect that pronoun with the noun "phenomenon."
My Question: Something is singular and political satirists are plural. Where is the indication that something is meant to modify the status of the satirists?</p>
<p>3.) If you have read the assigned chapters, you will be prepared as to the material if tested.</p>
<p>(A) as to the material if tested
(B) if someone tests you on the material
(C) if tested regarding material read by you
(D) if there are tests with the material
(E) about the material where someone tests you</p>
My Question: Can you use if twice in one sentence. This sounds awkward to me. And could you further explain how B is grammatically correct? If anything, isnt it stylistically awkward?</p>