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Sentence Corrections Practice

Sentence Corrections Practice

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Sentence corrections practiceThis file contains 265 sentence correction questions with fullanswers and explanations.Good luck on your test.
 
In the thirties and forties, devotees of Willa Cather’s maintained that her writing hasall the qualities found in the highest order of American writers of the nineteenth andtwentieth century.A. Cather’s maintained that her writing hasB. Cather’s maintained that her writing hadC. Cather’s have maintained that her writing hadD. Cather maintained that her writing hadE. Cather maintained that her writing hasThe best answer is D. The phrase
devotees of Willa Cather 
presents a complete possessive without adding an apostrophe to her last name. Because the sentencedescribes a past event, the verb
has
in the present tense is incorrect.
William Hornby acquired bison herds for breeding stock hoping that this movewould eventually lead to increasing in their numbers, and a fortification of theirenvironment.A. increasing in their numbers,B. an increase in their numbers,C. their increase in numbers,D. an increasing in numbers,E. an increasing in the numbers of them,
The best answer is B. Choice B clearly and correctly uses parallel noun phrases to listthe effects of Hornby’s actions:
an increase in… a fortification of….
Robinson is a botanist whose dream is to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii, a place now awash with introduced species of plants and animals.A. who has the dream to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii,B. whose dream it is to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii,C. who it is his dream to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii,D. that is dreaming to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii,E. whose dream is to reestablish an authentic pre-human piece of Hawaii,
 
The best answer is E. The pronoun
whose
is the best way to link the
dream
with
 Robinson is a botanist.
xxxAs literary criticism grows more complex, students majoring in specialized areaslike those of post-colonialism and Marxist discourse have been becoming increasinglysuccessful at finding positions in the faculties of top universities. A. majoring in specialized areas like those of post-colonialism and Marxist discoursehave been becoming increasinglyB. who major in such specialized areas as post-colonialism and Marxist discourse are becoming more and moreC. who majored in specialized areas such as those of post-colonialism and Marxistdiscourse are being increasinglyD. who major in specialized areas like those of post-colonialism and Marxistdiscourse have been becoming more and moreE. having majored in such specialized areas as post-colonialism and Marxistdiscourse are being increasinglyThe best answer is B. The phrase
 As literary criticism grows more complex
introduces an ongoing condition that leads to consequences described in the rest of thesentence, which should be expressed with simple present-tense or present progressive.The use of 
like
rather than
 such as
is incorrect. In A, C, and D,
those of 
is too wordy.The woodland sub-species were in isolation from contact with humans longer thaneither their marsh cousins or the tree-dwelling sub-species.A. in isolation from contact with humans longer thanB. isolated from contact with humans longer thanC. in isolation from contact with humans longer than wereD. isolated from contact with humans longer than wereE. in isolation and without contacts with humans longer thanThe best answer is D. The phrasing of the comparisons in choices A, B, and E isincomplete, so the comparisons are ambiguous. Choice D employs concise, idiomatic phrasing to express a logically complete comparison.

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