3.2: Practice Questions
Difficulty Level: At Grade
Created by: CK12
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.

(Improving Sentences) — For homes in typically colder geographic regions, it is particularly important to have effective and efficient heating systems.
 For homes in typically colder geographic regions
 For people in homes in typically colder geographic regions
 For homes in typically cold geographic regions
 People in typically colder geographic regions
 Homes in typically colder geographic regions

(Identifying Errors) \begin{align*}&\text{Usually}\ \underline{\text{around the month of September}} \ \text{many teenagers feel}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\
&\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{A}\end{align*}\begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}
Usually around the month of September−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−− many teenagers feelA \begin{align*}&\text{everyone is ecstatic.}\ \text{\underline{No error}}. & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & \\ &\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \ \ \text{E}\end{align*}melancholy−−−−−−−−− with the arrival of−−−−−−−− yet another school year; by May−−−−−−,BC D everyone is ecstatic. \underline{No error}. E  around the month of September
 melancholy
 arrival of
 by May
 No error

(Identifying Errors) \begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}\begin{align*}&\text{even though}\ \text{\underline{time has}} \ \text{passed because of continued use, increased}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\ &\qquad \qquad \qquad \quad \text{C}\end{align*}
The scandals \underline{surrounding} steroid use in sports \underline{has} not subsidedA B \begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}even though \underline{time has} passed because of continued use, increasedC media exposure and \underline{deteriorating} values. \underline{No error}. D E  surrounding
 has
 time has
 deteriorating
 No error

(Improving Sentences) — Concerns about global warming have grown into actual efforts sanctioned by nongovernmental organizations and governments that not only work to understand global warming and also to prevent it.
 understand global warming and also to prevent it.
 understand global warming but also to prevent it.
 understand global warming yet also to prevent it.
 understand global warming but also to prevent its growth.
 understand global warming yet also to prevent it’s growth.

(Improving Sentences) — High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
 High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
 High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni who have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful.
 Alumni who have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful usually look forward to high school reunions.
 Alumnus that have worked hard since graduation and now consider themselves successful usually look forward to high school reunions.
 High school reunions are usually looked forward to by alumni that have worked hard since graduation and now consider yourselves successful.

(Improving Sentences) — Lockers in schools are often dilapidated, making student’s valuables susceptible to theft.
 making student’s valuables susceptible to theft
 which makes student’s valuables susceptible to theft
 that makes student’s valuables susceptible to theft
 that makes students’ valuables susceptible to theft
 making students’ valuables susceptible to theft

(Improving Sentences) — Natural disasters have been increasingly effecting nearly every part of the world in the past decade with catastrophic tornadoes, hurricanes and tsunamis.
 have been increasingly effecting
 has been increasingly effecting
 have been increasingly affecting
 will be increasingly effecting
 will be increasingly affecting

(Identifying Errors) \begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}\begin{align*}&\text{spend time analyzing and interpreting \underline{prose} and poetry by}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\ &\qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{C}\end{align*}
Many students \underline{that} take rigorous \underline{English} courses in high school A B \begin{align*}&\text{\underline{wellrespected} writers. \underline{No error}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\ &\qquad \quad \text{D} \qquad \qquad \qquad \qquad \text{E}\end{align*} 
(Identifying Errors) \begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}\begin{align*}&\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}\end{align*}\begin{align*}&\text{\underline{No error}.}& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & &\\ &\qquad \text{E}\end{align*}

(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.
 however
 therefore
 nevertheless
 and
 yet
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Feb 23, 2012Last Modified:
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