Identifying Sentence Errors

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An important part of the writing process is the ability to identify sentence errors when making revisions. When reading over a sentence, can you pinpoint any improper grammar or incorrect usage or word choice? The Identify Sentence Errors section on a standardized test examines your aptitude in this area. Your job is to recognize which part of a sentence, if any, must be corrected. The sentence either has a single error or no error at all. The good news is that you do not have to explain how to correct the error; you only need to identify where the error lies. This task becomes much easier if you know which kinds of sentence errors are most common. An example of a common sentence error is improper location or tense of a participial phrase. Be aware of dangling participles too; these can reduce a sentence’s clarity.

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