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ACT English: Apostrophes

SAT Question of the Day

The SAT question of the day is an Improving Sentences 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 tests your knowledge of possessive pronouns and apostrophes.  

Today's question has two underlined portions in the same sentence.  You only care about the underlined portion labeled "12."  This underlined portion comes first, so you can ignore the second half of the sentence.   

Read the sentence only up to the second underlined portion so that you are not distracted by any errors in that portion.  "Here was a man who's mind was disciplined."  Now look closely at the underlined part: "man who's."  This sentence is telling you that the disciplined mind belongs to the man, but is "who's" a possessive pronoun?  No! It is a contraction that means "who is," which does not make sense in context.  You need the word "whose" to express belonging. 

Look down at your answer choices. 

(F)  This choice is out because you found an error.  Eliminate it. 

(G)  Yes!  This matches your prediction exactly.   

(H)  This answer choice does not fix the error that you found, and it adds an unnecessary comma.  Eliminate it.

(J)  Never use "that" to refer to a person!  Use "who" and "whom" with people because they are not objects.  The word "that's" is also not really a possessive pronoun; it is a contraction meaning "that is."  Eliminate this choice. 

The correct answer is (G). 

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