English

Britain’s first Ice Age cave art—faint engravings of birds, ibexes, and a wild ox—were a recent discovery for a team of archaeologists in a cave at Creswell Crags in central England.

(A) were a recent discovery for
(B) were recently discovered by
(C) was a recent discovery that
(D) was recently discovered by
(E) recently discovered by
  1. Correct Answer: D

    Explanation:

    Skill: Managing word choice and grammatical relationships between words

    Explanation for Correct Answer D :

    Choice (D) is correct. It avoids the agreement error of the original by using the singular verb “was.”

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer A :

    Choice (A) involves an error in agreement. The singular subject “Britain’s first Ice Age cave art” is followed by a plural verb (“were”). The verb should be “was.”

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer B :

    Choice (B) involves an error in agreement. The singular subject “Britain’s first Ice Age cave art” is followed by a plural verb (“were”). The verb should be “was.”

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer C :

    Choice (C) involves an error in sentence construction. The inclusion of the relative pronoun “that” suggests that an independent clause will follow. Instead “that” is followed by a dependent clause. The result is a sentence fragment.

    Explanation for Incorrect Answer E :

    Choice (E) involves an error in sentence construction. “Recently discovered” is used as an adjective, but has nothing to modify.

Test ID: 1445
Source: SAT Practice Test