Fixing Common Grammar Errors on the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test

By Achim K. Krull, Murray Shukyn

Part of GED Reasoning Through Language Arts Test For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Several questions on the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts (RLA) test present sentences that contain grammar errors and instruct you to choose the correction. Here are some of the more common grammar errors to watch out for:

Error Example Correction
Sentence fragment Left office before accomplishing what he had set out to
do.
The governor left office before accomplishing what he had set
out to do.
Comma splice Sally enjoys the beach, she spends two weeks in Miami every
year.
Sally enjoys the beach, so she spends two weeks in Miami every
year.
Subject-verb disagreement The pens and the paper is in the cabinet. The pens and the paper are in the cabinet.
Pronoun-antecedent disagreement The entire bag of apples were rotten. The entire bag of apples was rotten.
All the apples in the bag were rotten
Faulty parallelism Either you must register for the race in advance or pay a late
registration fee.
You must either register for the race in advance or pay a late
registration fee.
Passive voice It was decided by the elders to allocate additional funds for a
new bus.
The elders decided to allocate additional funds for a new
bus.
Misplaced modifier Having just completed the test, the proctor told the students
they could go home.
The proctor told the students, who had just completed the test,
they could go home.