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SAT Practice: Improving Sentences 1 (Grades 11-12)

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SAT Practice: Improving Sentences 1

1. 
A scapegoat is when a person is blamed for the wrongdoings of others, particularly in a company.

The words "when a person is blamed for the wrongdoings of others" should read:
  1. a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings of others
  2. if a person is blamed for the wrongdoings of others
  3. when a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings of others
  4. No change
2. 
After Marla completed a week-long self-defense course, she hopes she could protect herself in the face of danger.

The words "she hopes she could protect herself in the face of danger" should read:
  1. she hoping she could protect herself in the face of danger.
  2. then she hopes she could protect herself in the face of danger.
  3. she hoped she could protect herself in the face of danger.
  4. No change
3. 
Most veterinarians believe that cats not being given at least fifteen minutes a day of affection, this causes them to be unhappy.

The words "cats not being given at least fifteen minutes a day of affection, this causes" should read:
  1. cats who are not being given at least fifteen minutes a day of affection, this causes
  2. cats not being given at least fifteen minutes a day of affection causes
  3. cats not being given at least fifteen minutes a day of affection which causes
  4. No change
4. 
Knowing how the ball reacts to different types of kicks helps kids become better soccer player.

The words "helps kids become better soccer player" should read:
  1. help kids become better soccer player.
  2. helps kids become better soccer players.
  3. helps kid become better soccer player.
  4. No change
5. 
The questions on the SAT cover diverse topics as environmental science, civil disobedience, and regional dialect.

The words "diverse topics" should read:
  1. as diverse topics
  2. such diverse topics
  3. topics as diverse
  4. No change
6. 
Having finally ousted their dictatorial manager, giving someone full power was something the company's employees were wary of.

The words "giving someone full power was something the company's employees were wary of" should read:
  1. the company's employees were wary of giving someone full power.
  2. giving someone full power was wary of the company's employees
  3. wary of the company's employees was giving someone full power.
  4. No change
7. 
Parents and children come to the playground in the summer, and the children would play and the parents would talk to each other.

The words "and the children would play and the parents would talk" should read:
  1. and the children come to play while the parents would talk
  2. the children coming to play and the parents coming to talk
  3. the children to play and the parents to talk
  4. No change
8. 
The Fox and the Grapes, like other fables, have a moral.

The words "like other fables, have" should read:
  1. like other fables, got
  2. like other fables, tell
  3. like other fables, has
  4. No change
9. 
Cornstarch is often used instead of flour to thicken gravy, because it contains fewer calories cooks feel like it is healthier.

The words "gravy, because it contains fewer calories" should read:
  1. gravy; producing fewer calories allows
  2. gravy; because it contains fewer calories
  3. gravy, since it contains fewer calories
  4. No change
10. 
Modern paintings, containing bold colors and clean lines, reflect the aesthetic of current times.

The words "Modern paintings, containing bold colors and clean lines," should read:
  1. Because modern paintings contain their bold colors and clean lines
  2. Through containing their bold colors and clean lines, modern paintings
  3. Modern paintings containing their bold colors and clean lines
  4. No change

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