ACT English: Style

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 tests your ability to discern relevant information.

Take a look at the sentence that includes underlined part 6.  As you read the underlined portion, you should realize that it sounds redundant to say "both semesters of the two-semester year."  The word semester is in there twice without really clarifying the meaning of the sentence.  Take a moment to think about the point of the entire sentence.  Is this a sentence about the structure of the school year in Oklahoma?  No!  This is a sentence explaining that after a certain period of time, Bessie Coleman moved to Chicago.  What period of time was that?  A year!  That is all that you need to know. Predict "a year" to replace underlined part 6 and look down at your answer choices.

(F)  The original sentence was too wordy, so you can eliminate this choice.

(G)  This matches your prediction exactly!  Quickly check the other answer choices.

(H)  Why is a year being compared to two semesters in this choice?  A year is two semesters long, it is not "like" two semesters.  Eliminate this choice.

(J)  This choice doesn't look as bad as (H), but it is also not as concise as (G) and does not match your prediction.  It is not very natural to talk about a year as "filled with two semesters," and you have already determined that this information is unnecessary in this sentence.  Eliminate this choice.

The correct answer is (G).

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