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ACT English: Idioms

SAT Question of the Day

The SAT question of the day is an Identifying Sentence Errors 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 idioms.

Start by finding the sentence that contains the underlined part 2.  Read the sentence carefully, but focus on the first part that contains part 2 so that you are not distracted by the underlined part 3.  The underlined part 2 is only one word, "up."  Before you look at the answers, realize that the "up" does not stand alone.  It is a part of the phrase "lined up," which is the idiomatically correct way to express that something has been aligned.  There is no error here.  Look down at your answer choices.

(F)  This matches your prediction.  Look quickly at the other choices.

(G)  Do the words "lined off" make any sense to you?  This choice is not idiomatically correct.  Eliminate this choice.

(H)  The words "line along" are also not idiomatically correct.  Eliminate this choice.

(J)  Read the sentence without the underlined part.  Now it says "She lined the nose of the open cockpit biplane...."  This answer choice completely changes the meaning because it sounds as if Bessie Coleman is drawing on the plane.  Eliminate this choice.

The correct answer choice is (F).

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