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SAT Question of the Day

The SAT question of the day is a Sentence Completion Question that has already been addressed on this blog: click here to see an explanation.

ACT Question of the Day

The ACT question of the day is an English Question that is similar to the improving sentences questions on the SAT. 

Read the entire sentence that contains the underlined portion labeled 14.  This question is a little tricky because there are two underlined portions in the sentence.  Don't worry if the first one sounds awkward, focus on the part of the sentence that you need to understand the underlined portion labeled 14.

Start with the "if."  "If the will is strong enough for one's dream can be attained."  Does that make sense?  No!  Do you see an underlined word that you could eliminate so that the meaning of the sentence is clear?  Read the sentence without the word "for."  That sounds much better.  Look down at your answer choices.

(F)  You know that this sentence needs a change because it was incoherent the first time that you read it.  Eliminate this choice.

(G)  This choice adds a "than."  However, you are not making a comparison between two things!  You are making a conditional "if/then" statement.  Eliminate this choice.

(H) This choice changes "strong" into "strongly."  Read it in the context of the sentence.  "If the will is strongly enough, one's dream can be attained.  That should sound awkward to you because "strongly" is an adverb where you need an adjective.  Eliminate this choice.

(J)  This answer choice matches your prediction!  Note that it adds a comma to the original sentence.  "If/then" statements require commas to separate the two clauses that result.  For example:  If you use this kind of statement, then you will need to make sure you use a comma.  Note:  you can drop the "then" in an "if/then" statement:  If you use this kind of statement, you will need to make sure you use a comma.

The correct answer is (J).

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