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.
A Formerly called manacles or shackles, handcuffs B consist of two metal rings C joined by a short chain; once fastened shut, D it requires a key to open. E No error
The correct answer is D
The error in this sentence occurs at (D), where there is illogical pronoun reference. There is nothing in the sentence to which the singular pronoun “it” can logically refer. The plural pronoun “they” is needed to refer to the plural noun “handcuffs.”