SAT Writing: Improving Sentences

Improving Sentences

Select the choice that results in the best sentence – the sentence that follows the requirements of standard written English and communicates effectively.

I have always considered Antoni Gaudi as the greatest Spanish architect.

A.      as the greatest

B.      for the greatest

C.      the greatest

D.      to be the greatest

E.       as being the greatest


The Knowsys Method

Read the entire sentence carefully, listening for errors.  Then focus on the underlined part.  Evaluate it by checking it against the Big 8 Grammar Rules.  If you find an error, use that error to quickly eliminate any answer choices that do not fix the problem you found.

The grammar rule that is tested here is idioms.  Your Knowsys handbook points out the importance of using the word "consider" properly.  Remember that I consider X Y means I believe X to be Y.  There is no need for the word "as" in this context.  Eliminate it and look down at your answer choices.

A.  The first choice matches the original wording of the sentence.  Eliminate it.

B.  This answer choice changes the meaning of the sentence.  The word "for" sounds almost as if the author considered Gaudi for a certain role or position (Ex: I considered the applicant for the job and found him lacking).  Read another way, this sentence could mean that the author is working for the greatest Spanish architect and therefore considering Gaudi's merits for that person.  Either way, this sentence is ambiguous and not idiomatically correct.  Eliminate this choice.

C.  This answer matches your prediction.  Keep it and quickly check the other choices.

D.  This answer choice is not as concise as the previous one.  Eliminate it.

E.  Never use the phrase "as being"!  Your Knowsys handbook tells you that this phrase is redundant and should be replaced with the single word "as."  Eliminate this choice.


The correct answer is (C). 

This is a medium level question.


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