Editing Practice 1 (SST MYCT 2014)

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Section A [10 marks]
Carefully read the text below. For eight of the items, there is one grammatical error in each item. There are two more items with no errors.

If there is NO error in a line, write down "No Error" in the space provided. You put a tick (√) in the actual exam, but putting a tick here will render your answer wrong when checked against the answer key.

If the line is incorrect, write the correct word in the space provided (this is when you also have to circle the incorrect word in the actual exam, but not here).

The correct word you provide must not change the original meaning of the sentence.

1) A fundamental element of good expository writing is clarity. Some people question whether it is always possible to be clear. After all, some ideas are inherently
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2) complicated and inescapably difficult. True enough. Moreover, the responsible
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3) writer recognizes that writing should not add to the complications or increase the
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4) difficulty; it should not set up an additional roadblock to understand. If writers
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5) understand their own ideas and want to convey it to others, they are obliged to
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6) render those ideas in clear, order, understandable prose – otherwise, why bother
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7) writing in the first place? Actually, obscure writers are confused themselves,
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8) uncertain of what they want to say or what they meant; they have not yet
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9) completed the process of thinking through and reasoning in the heart of the
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10) subject. Whatever the topic, whenever the occasion, expository writing should be readable, informative and engaging.
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