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Writing > Identifying Sentence Errors

The following sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence contains no error, select choice E. 

*For this example, the underlined parts are spread across several sentences. Read each sentence in context to determine if there is an error.

Many people have never heard of Lou Henry Hoover. Of all the wives of United States Presidents since 1900, she is probably the most forgotten. She attended Stanford University, where she met and married another student—a mining engineer named Herbert Hoover—and becoming one of the first American women to earn a degree in geology. Together they began a life of travel, adventure, and accomplishment. No error

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The error in this paragraph occurs at (C), where there is an inappropriate verb tense. The verb "becoming" is not the appropriate tense to describe an event that has taken place in the past and should be replaced with the past tense "became."

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