ACT English: Sentence Structure

SAT Question of the Day

The SAT question of the day is a Math 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 punctuation and its role in proper sentence structure.

Start by finding the sentence that contains the underlined part 7.  The only word that is underlined is the last name "Abbott."  You know that the English portion of the ACT will not test you on facts such as names and dates, so look to see whether there are any problems requiring punctuation after this name.  The sentence is clearly worded to show Abbott's profession; when someone works for a particular business or company, it is idiomatically correct to refer to that person as someone of a specific company's name.  There is no error.  Look down at your answer choices.

(A)  This answer matches your prediction, but quickly check the other choices before selecting it.

(B)  A colon is generally used for explanations or to introduce long quotations.  In this case, the words following the colon do not explain why Coleman takes this action, nor do they introduce a quotation.  The extra punctuation adds an unnecessary complexity to the sentence and puts a pause in an awkward place.  Eliminate this choice. 

(C)  Substitute this answer for the underlined portion and you will immediately see that it is incorrect.  You would never say "whose of," you would say "who is of."   The word "whose" indicates possession, but the sentence does not concern anything that belongs to Abbott.  Eliminate this choice.

(D)  A semicolon must separate two complete sentences, but after this semicolon you only have a prepositional phrase, which is not a complete sentence.  Eliminate this choice. 

The correct answer is (A). 

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