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Directions: For each question in this section, select the best answer from among the choices given. The following sentences test your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. Each sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. No sentence contains more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.

  1. (Improving Sentences)For homes in typically colder geographic regions, it is particularly important to have effective and efficient heating systems.
    1. For homes in typically colder geographic regions
    2. For people in homes in typically colder geographic regions
    3. For homes in typically cold geographic regions
    4. People in typically colder geographic regions
    5. Homes in typically colder geographic regions
  2. (Identifying Errors) &\text{Usually}\ \underline{\text{around the month of September}} \ \text{many teenagers feel}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad  \qquad \qquad \text{A} &\underline{\text{melancholy}}\  \text{with the} \ \underline{\text{arrival of}}\  \text{yet another school year}; \ \underline{\text{by May}}, & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & \\&\qquad \text{B} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{C} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \text{D} &\text{everyone is ecstatic.}\ \text{\underline{No error}}. & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & \\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \ \text{E}
    1. around the month of September
    2. melancholy
    3. arrival of
    4. by May
    5. No error
  3. (Identifying Errors) &\text{The scandals}\ \text{\underline{surrounding}}\ \text{steroid use in sports} \ \text{\underline{has}} \ \text{not subsided}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{A} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \text{B} &\text{even though}\ \text{\underline{time has}} \ \text{passed because of continued use, increased}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \quad \text{C} &\text{media exposure and}\ \text{\underline{deteriorating}} \ \text{ values.}\ \text{\underline{No error}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \quad \ \ \text{D} \qquad \qquad \qquad \quad \ \ \ \text{E}
    1. surrounding
    2. has
    3. time has
    4. deteriorating
    5. No error
  4. (Improving Sentences) — Concerns about global warming have grown into actual efforts sanctioned by non-governmental organizations and governments that not only work to understand global warming and also to prevent it.
    1. understand global warming and also to prevent it.
    2. understand global warming but also to prevent it.
    3. understand global warming yet also to prevent it.
    4. understand global warming but also to prevent its growth.
    5. understand global warming yet also to prevent it’s growth.
  5. (Improving Sentences)High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
    1. High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
    2. High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni who have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
    3. Alumni who have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful usually look forward to high school reunions.
    4. Alumnus that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful usually look forward to high school reunions.
    5. High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider yourselves successful.
  6. (Improving Sentences) — Lockers in schools are often dilapidated, making student’s valuables susceptible to theft.
    1. making student’s valuables susceptible to theft
    2. which makes student’s valuables susceptible to theft
    3. that makes student’s valuables susceptible to theft
    4. that makes students’ valuables susceptible to theft
    5. making students’ valuables susceptible to theft
  7. (Improving Sentences) — Natural disasters have been increasingly effecting nearly every part of the world in the past decade with catastrophic tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis.
    1. have been increasingly effecting
    2. has been increasingly effecting
    3. have been increasingly affecting
    4. will be increasingly effecting
    5. will be increasingly affecting
  8. (Identifying Errors) &\text{Many students \underline{that} take rigorous \underline{English} courses in high school}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \quad \ \text{A} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \text{B} &\text{spend time analyzing and interpreting \underline{prose} and poetry by}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{C} &\text{\underline{well-respected} writers. \underline{No error}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \quad \text{D} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{E}
  9. (Identifying Errors) &\text{I was \underline{so worried} about the test results \underline{that came} back yesterday}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \qquad \text{A} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \ \text{B} &\text{afternoon, \underline{but} as it turns out Maria was more worried than \underline{me}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \ \qquad \quad \text{C} \qquad \qquad \quad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{D} &\text{\underline{No error}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\&\qquad \text{E}
  10. (Improving Sentences) — For every song that is a hit, it is critical to have a quality “beat” and quality lyrics; however, music companies hire professional producers and song writers.
    1. however
    2. therefore
    3. nevertheless
    4. and
    5. yet

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