Grammar and Usage
In the following sentences, four parts of each sentence are underlined. If you think any one of the underlined parts is incorrect, choose the letter under that part as your answer. If you think the sentence is correct as written, choose (E) as your answer. Please note: read together, all of the sentences in this section make up a story.
1. Disneyland Park, originally Disneyland, are the first of two theme parks built at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. No error.
A: ARE should be replaced with IS. One theme park IS; many theme parks ARE.
2. Disneyland opened its doors on July 17 1955. No error.
A: You need a comma after “17” and before “1955”
3. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of walt Disney. No error.
A: “Walt” and “Disney” must be capitalized. You must always capitalize a person’s name.
4. It was originally the only attraction on the property. However it was slightly renamed to distinguish it from the expanding complex in the 1990s. No error.
A: You need a comma after “however” and before “it”
5. Walt Disney came up with the concept of “Disneyland” after visiting various amusement parks with his daughters in the 1930s and 1940s. No error.
A: No Error
6. He initially envisioned building a tourist attraction adjacent to his studios in Burbank to entertain fans that wished to visit. No error.
A: THAT should be replaced with WHO. Fans are people, and people are always WHO not THAT.
7. However, he soon realized that the proposed sight was too small. No error.
A: SIGHT should be replaced with SITE. SIGHT deals with “vision” while SITE deals with place or location.
8. After hiring a consultant to help him determine a appropriate site for his project, Walt bought a 160-acre site near Anaheim in 1953. No error.
A: “a” should be replaced with “an”. Always use the article “an” when it precedes a letter starting with a vowel (a,e,i, o,u)
9. Construction began in 1954 and the park was unveiled during a special televised press event on the ABC television network on July 17 1955. No error.
A: you need a “comma” after “17” and before “1955”
10. Since their opening, Disneyland has undergone a number of expansions and renovations, including the addition of New Orleans Square in 1966, Bear Country (now Critter Country) in 1972, and Mickey's Toontown in 1993. No error.
A: THEIR should be replaced with ITS because all of Disneyland is one entity. 11. 11. Disney California Adventure Park was built on the site of Disneylands original parking lot and opened in 2001. No error.
A: “Disneyland’s”: You need an apostrophe to show possession.
12: Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance then any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened. No error.
A: THEN should be replaced with THAN. Use THEN to show time sequence. Use THAN to compare. For example: “She is taller THAN I am,” versus, “First THEN second”
13. In 2011, the park hosted approximately 16.14 million guests, making them the second most visited park in the world that calendar year. No error.
A: THEM should be replaced with IT. The park …. making IT the second most visited. Gotcha!
14. According to a March 2005 report from the Disney Company, there are 65,700 jobs supported by the Disneyland Resort. No error.
A: No error.
15. The concept for Disneyland began when Walt Disney was visiting Griffith Park in los angeles with his daughters Diane and Sharon. No error.
A: “Los Angeles” – always capitalize the name of a city.
16. While watching them ride the merry-go-round, he came up with the idea of a place where adults and there children could go and have fun together, though his dream lay dormant for many years. No error.
A: THERE should be replaced with THEIR. Use THERE for location; use THEIR to show possession.
17. He may have also been influenced by his fathers memories of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago (his father worked at the Exposition).
A: “Father’s” – you need to connote possession. No error.
18. While people wrote letters to Disney about visiting the Walt Disney Studios, he realized that a functional movie studio had little to offer to visiting fans, and began to foster ideas of building a site near the Burbank studios for tourists to visit. No error.
A: No error.
19. His ideas evolved to a small play park with a boat ride and other themed areas. The initial concept, the Mickey Mouse Park, started with a eight - acre (3.2 ha) plot across Riverside Drive. No error.
A: “a” should be replaced with “an”
20. He started to visit other parks for inspiration and ideas, including Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, Efteling in The Netherlands and Greenfield Village, Playland, and Children's Fairyland in the United States. His designers began working on concepts, though the project grew much larger then the land could hold. No error.
A: THAN not THEN.