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Each underlined section corresponds to an answer choice. The first underlined section corresponds to choice A, the second to choice B, and so on. Please select the answer choice that either contains an error or select choice E, which is "No error."

1. Whom did you talk to at the information desk at the airport? No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

2. Ellen always got into more trouble than me. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

3. The title of salutatorian goes to whomever has the second highest academic average. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

4. Do you feel good enough to go to the store? No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

5. Bolivar, an idol between his contemporaries, has been the inspiration for many modern revolutions. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

6. Birds fly south in the winter threw an instinct not completely understood by scientists. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

7. No animal has yet been discovered that can "see" infrared light with its eyes. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

8. Lying there in the half-dark of my room, I could see my shelf, with my books-some of them prizes I had won in high school. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

9. The man who sat beside Ben and I was running for the city council. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

10. Whom did you say sent this package? No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

11. There isn't scarcely room on the front steps to pose the entire class for a picture. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

12. Haven't none of you seen my dog? No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

13. I found the expensive vase broken when I first came in the room. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

14. Mrs. Clement, my English teacher, said that I could of improved my reading comprehension score if I had spent more time reading great literature. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

15. If you sign up as a volunteer for the special olympics, you will find that you receive as much as you give. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

16. "Your themes," said Ms. Buchanan, will be due in class on September 7; late papers will lose one full grade." No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

17. What should I do when the computer says, "Sorry, try again?" No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

18. "Whose in the office now?" asked Mom. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

19. Parking her car at the depot, Ms. Jones decided to take the bus to town. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

20. In 1936, Adolph Hitler refused to congradulate the great Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals in the Berlin Olympics. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

21. Preserving rare and valuable books is one of the challenges facing the Librarian of Congress. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

22. Everyone is excited about graduation because all had worked so hard for it. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

23. Without saying a word, the major gave a nod of ascent. No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

24. Just as they were about to go to bed, Jane told her mother, "Its my turn to wind the clock." No error.

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D
E. E

Answers and Explanations

1. E: This sentence is correct as it is written.

2. D: "Than me" in the comparative is incorrect; it should be "than I." This can be deduced by adding a verb to the pronoun to finish the thought: "...than I am," not "...than me am."

3. B: "...to whomever" would only be correct if it is a direct object in all parts of the sentence, e.g. "...to whomever you want." However, in this sentence it is a subject in the prepositional phrase: "... to whoever has..." and thus should be "whoever" so "who" agrees with "has." "Whoever" as subject takes precedence over "whomever" as object.

4. B: How you feel is expressed by the adverb "well," not by the adjective "good," e.g. "I have good feelings."

5. A: "Between" only refers to two, e.g. "Between you and me;" when modifying more than two, as here since "his contemporaries" refers to many people, "among" is the correct preposition.

6. C: The correct spelling of the preposition meaning via or by means of, as it is used here, is "through." "Threw" is the past tense of the verb "to throw."

7. E: This sentence is correct as it is written.

8. E: This sentence is correct the way that it is written.

9. C: "Ben and I" as an indirect object is incorrect: it should be "Ben and me." The correct personal pronoun can be ascertained by removing the added "Ben and:" We would not write "The man who sat beside I," but "The man who sat beside me..." and this does not change when adding another object (Ben).

10. A: "Whom" is used to indicate an indirect object, e.g. "to whom" or "for whom" did you send this package? But this example asks the question, "Who sent this package?" and further specifies "Who did you say it was?" "Who" agrees with "sent," not with "did you say."

11. A: "Scarcely" means "barely" or "hardly;" i.e. it minimizes, indicating very little. Only a positive quantity, like the state of being indicated by "is," can be minimized. A negative, i.e. "is not," cannot be minimized, as nothing exists to be made smaller. Minimizer + negative is akin to a double negative and equally incorrect.

12. B: This is a double negative as written. With the negative "Haven't" goes "any," not "none."

13. D: One comes into a room; one cannot come "in" a room, house, or situation. This is a common usage error. "In" means already there; "into" indicates movement there from someplace else.

14. C: There is no such verb construction as "could of." "Of" is a preposition meaning belonging to or associated with. The subjunctive mood, present perfect tense is "could have." The auxiliary verb "have" indicates the action "improved" here as accomplished in the past (present perfect), and the auxiliary verb "could" indicates the subjunctive mood, expressing possibility as opposed to reality.

15. A: "Special Olympics" is a name, i.e. a proper noun, and hence the initial letters of both words should be capitalized.

16. A: The open-quotation mark is missing before "will be" to show that the dialogue resumes following the non-dialogue insertion of said Ms. Buchanan.

17. D: The close-quotation mark should immediately follow "again" and the question mark should come after it. Punctuation marks such as commas, periods, semicolons, colons, etc. are placed inside of quotation marks when the punctuation is part of the line of dialogue or quotation; however, when the punctuation mark is part of the outer sentence that contains the dialogue or quotation, it is placed outside of the end-quotation mark.

18. A: The contraction of "Who is" is spelled "Who's." The word "Whose," used incorrectly here, is the possessive personal pronoun meaning "belonging to whom," e.g. "Whose coat is this?"

19. E: This sentence is correct as it is written.

20. B: The word "congratulate" is misspelled here with a "d" instead of a "t" as it should be spelled.

21. E: The title Librarian of Congress is capitalized on the U.S. Library of Congress website whether it includes a specific name (e.g. "Librarian of Congress Billington") or not. It is a title similar to President of the United States.* If the sentence read only "the librarian/president," i.e. not a title or referring to a specific individual, "librarian/president" would not be capitalized. (NOTE: This is an exception; so is POTUS.* Normally, when not naming an individual, such terms are lower-case.)

22. C: "Everyone" is a collective noun. To agree with it, the modifying clause should read "because they had worked..." , not "because all had worked...".

23. D: The correct spelling for the intended meaning here is "assent," i.e. agreement. The word spelled "ascent" as it is here means a climb or upward progress, e.g. one's ascent up a mountain or one's ascent to leadership, success, fame, wealth, etc. rather than agreement.

24. C: The correct spelling of the contraction of "it is" has an apostrophe: "It's my turn." "Its" as spelled here is the possessive impersonal pronoun, e.g.: "This coat is missing its buttons."

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Last Updated: 08/05/2014

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