ACT English

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 ability to use punctuation correctly.  

Read the sentence that includes the underlined portion labeled 13.  Does it sound odd to you?  It sounds as if this person is giving a lecture to something called "proof."  That doesn't make any sense, so check out the part following the word "proof."  This proof has to do with being proof that dreams can be attained if a person has a strong will.  This describes the subject of the sentence, it has nothing to do with the lecture.  You need to separate these two ideas.  Look down at your answer choices.

(A)  This choice is incorrect because you already know that the meaning of the original sentence is unclear.  Eliminate it.

(B) This choice separates "lecture" and "proof" with a conjunction.  That seems to make sense until you plug it back into the sentence.  Lecture is used as a verb while proof is a noun.  You would have to say that this woman wanted to lecture and prove that dreams can be attained in order for this format to work.  Eliminate this choice.

(C)  This choice separates "lecture" and "proof" with a comma.  The second part of the sentence becomes a description of the subject.  This choice works!  Quickly check the last choice.

(D)  The comma is in the wrong position for this choice.  It does not clarify the ideas in the sentence because "lecture" and "proof" are still linked.  Eliminate this choice.

The correct answer is (C).

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