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Sentence Improvement Practice Test 3

Replace the underlined portion with the phrase that best improves / completes the sentence. If the sentence is correct as is, choose a.

1. I look forward to meeting with you and having the opportunity to show you our new products.

a. I look forward to meeting with you and having

b. I will look forward to our meeting and having

c. As I look forward to our meeting and to have

d. I look forward to meeting with you and have

e. Looking forward to our meeting and hoping to have


2.
For a wide variety of different reasons, more and more people are making the choice to take public transportation.

a. For a wide variety of different reasons, more and more people

b. For a variety of many reasons, much more people

c. For a number of reasons, more people

d. More people, for various different reasons,

e. Lots of people, for many numerous reason,

 

3. When two angles have the same degree measure, it is said to be congruent.

a. When two angles have the same degree measure, it is said to be congruent.

b. When two angles has the same degree measure, it is said to be congruent.

c. Two angles with the same degree measure is said to be congruent.

d. They are congruent when the said two angles has the same degree measure.

e. When two angles have the same degree measure, they are said to be congruent.

 

4. The likelihood of a region's experiencing an earthquake can be estimated, earthquakes cannot be accurately predicted.

a. The likelihood

b. Although the likelihood

c. Since the likelihood

d. In fact, the likelihood

e. Knowing that the likelihood

 

5. The friendship between Andre and Robert began when he and his family moved to Ohio.

a. The friendship between Andre and Robert began when he and his

b. Andre and Robert's friendship began when he and his

c. The friendship among the two boys began when he and his

d. The friendship between Andre and Robert began when Robert and his

e. Andre and Robert's friendship began when their

 

6. Most of a human tooth is made up of a sub stance known as dentin, which is located directly below the enamel.

a. dentin, which is located

b. dentin, and which is located

c. dentin but located

d. which it is located

e. that its location is

7. To determine the speed of automobiles, radar is often used by the state police.

a. To determine the speed of automobiles, radar is often used by the state police.

b. To determine the speed of automobiles, it is often necessary for the state police to use radar.

c. In determining the speed of automobiles, the use of radar by state police is often employed.

d. To determine the speed of automobiles, the state police often use radar.

e. Radar by state police in determining the speed of automobiles is often used.

 

8. Everyone signed the petition before submitting to the city counsel.

a. submitting

b. one submits it

c. you submit it

d. we will submit it

e. we submitted it

 

9. I have a cross-training exercise program: I swim laps, play tennis, the weight  machines, and bicycle riding.

a. I swim laps, play tennis, the weight machines, and bicycle riding.

b. I swim laps, play tennis, lift weights, and ride a bicycle.

c. I swim laps, play tennis, I lift weights, and bicycle riding is a change.

d. swimming laps, tennis, lifting weights, and the bicycle.

e. swim laps, play tennis, lifting weights, and riding a bicycle.

 

10. Jackson Pollack, a twentieth-century American painter, is well-known and renowned for creating abstract paintings by dripping paint on canvas.

a. a twentieth-century American painter, is well-known and renowned for creating

b. an American painter who lived and painted in the twentieth century, is well-known for the
creation of

c. renowned and prominent, was known as a twentieth-century American painter for creating

d. he is an American painter famous and renowned for creating

 

Answers:

 

1. a. This sentence requires parallelism between the verbs meet and have, and choice a is the only that does this (meeting and having).

2. c. This choice is the only one that is neither wordy nor redundant. In choice a, the words wide, variety, and different mean the same thing, creating a redundancy.

3. e. This is the only choice to have agreement between the subject and verb and between the pronoun and its antecedent.

4. b. This is a correct choice because it makes a complete sentence, which is clear and logical.

5. d. When the relationship between a pronoun and its antecedent is unclear, as it is in this sentence, it should be changed to avoid ambiguity. There are two boys, Andre and Robert, and choice d makes the relationship clear: Robert's family moved, and not Andre's family.

6. a. This is the only choice that does not have faulty subordination. The first part of the
sentence is an independent clause; the second part is a dependent clause. Choice a is correct
because the dependent clause is correctly introduced by the relative pronoun which.

7. d. Choice d is best because it is written in the active voice, and the sentence is constructed so that all modifiers are appropriately placed.

8. e. This is the correct choice. Choice a is unclear. Choices b, c, and d make an illogical shift in verb tense.

9. b. The second clause of this sentence requires a parallel construction. Choice b is the only one in which all four elements are parallel.

10. e. This is the only choice that does not contain repetition or wordiness.