Reading a nonblank table row with a blank entry

I thought this was possible, but I can’t figure it out from the documentation.

Can you choose a row in a table and then test whether one of the entries is blank without getting an error?

I got an error from this line:

if the style entry is a plurality style, reset the plurality style to the style entry;

Shouldn’t “If there is a style entry” work? That’s what WI 15.7 suggests.

Weird, I could have sworn I tried that and it got a compilation error.