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SAT Practice, The New Verbal Section

Grammar Playsheet 2

Note: These are exercises used in classroom and online courses. See the Abacus-es Classes page. Many contain intentional errors to be fixed. Be sure to look up vocabulary terms as needed.

Grammar Playsheet 2

Circle the errors in the following. Below each sentence, write your corrected version. (Watch for misplaced modifiers and pronoun declension.)

  1. Might you have "The Amazing Adventures of Captain Gladys Stoutpamphlet and her Intrepid Spaniel Stig Amongst the Giant Pygmies of Beckles," volume eight.
  2. While perusing "Ethel the Aardvark on Differential Calculus," I happened to notice the shoe salesman driving a compact car wearing a hat.
  3. If you can't trust Ethel the Aardvark, who can you trust?
  4. Being far too full to eat a bite more, the offer of Venezuelan beaver cheese did not evoke the expectant howls of delight.
  5. Please give the dead parrot to whomever wants it.
  6. It was not I but he who did the fish-slapping dance at the canal overlooking two vast herd of wildebeest.
  7. I was hardly surprised at the reaction of the Clockwork Submarine Fanciers Amateur Operatic Society. It was an act of purest optimism to have posed the question in the first place.
  8. To Rupert's surprise, he was comfortably able to drive the tractor wearing swim fins and goggles.
  9. Ranging from the size of a large hamster to that of three very small elk, I didn't know whether to look for it in the grass, up a tree, or under a bridge.
  10. Between bicycle seat and egg whisk, which do you think would be most useful on a desert island?
  11. Among eggs, bacon, and Spam, which has more cholesterol?
  12. None of them was able to find their weapon in the peanut shells.
  13. Ducking under the flock of pestilent soiled budgies, the handlebars struck the sandwich in my pocket doing irreparable harm to the avocado.
  14. While climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, which is quite steep up to the very top and then slopes away rather sharply, Rupert's hair dryer required constant adjustment.
  15. Wriggling around like that, it took me more than four hours to bury the cat.