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ACT English

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ACT English In the five passages that follow, certain words and phrases are underlined and numbered. In the right-hand column, you will find alternatives for the underlined part. In most cases, you are to choose the one that best expresses the idea, makes the statement appropriate for standard written English, or is worded most consistently with the style and tone of the passage as a whole. If you think the original version is best, choose "NO CHANGE." In some cases, you will find in the right-hand column a question about the underlined part. You are to choose the best answer to the question. DIRECTIONS For each question, choose the alternative you consider best and fill in the corresponding oval on your answer document. Read each passage through once before you begin to answer the questions that accompany it. For many of the questions, you must read several sentences beyond the question to determine the answer. Be sure that you have read far enough ahead each time you choose an alternative. You will also find questions about a section of the passage, or about the passage as a whole. These questions do not refer to an underlined portion of the passage, but rather are identified by a number or numbers in a box. When guessing consider the short answers first TIPS Scan Brevity Almost 1/3 of the ACT English section tests your ability to recognize fluff when you see it - so run far, far away from the longest answer provided (it's probably a trick). Take a few seconds (literally seconds) to scan the passage to help put the information into context. Tone As you read a passage, be sensitive to its tone. Some questions will test your ability to recognize when (in)formal language is appropriate. When you see a period in an underlined part - it's a trap! Find your fragment! 13. Noun Parallelism 17 Common Grammar Errors 1. Run-on Sentences I love to bite into a freshly picked orange the only ones we have are refrigerated. 2. Verb Parallelism My favorite activities are to run, to read fiction, and swimming. 3. Who versus Whom To who does this belong? 4. Pronoun-Noun Plurality Agreement Each of the children said a somber goodbye to the teacher as they walked out the classroom and into summer vacation. 5. Comma Splices We were forced to listen to that song every day, it was still our favorite. 6. -Er and -est This blueberry muffin is the tastiest of the two. 7. Misplaced Modifiers As she filed paperwork, a giant spider caught Megan's eye. 8. Fragments If they ever decide to pack up and go home. 10. Adjective versus Adverb She spoke to the children very nice. 11. Subject-Verb Agreement All of the cats has a personal food dish. 12. Less and Fewer If we all show fewer attention to our own happiness and more attention to the basic needs of others, less people will starve on the streets of the richest nation on the planet. Part-time jobs help students in their early teens develop fiscal constraint by learning the true value of money, social responsibility by adhering to a strict schedule and being obedient to management, and learning to take pride from a hard day of work. 14. There, They're, and Their They're car is entirely too small to fit all of the band equipment 15. Unclear Pronoun Reference I have two siblings - Jack and Steven - but he is taller. 16. Affect and Effect The viewers were deeply effected by the whaling video footage. 17. Prepositional Idioms It is of utmost importance that you adhere with the rules! 9. Object versus Subject Pronoun Us had a great time at the bowling alley 1. I love to bite into a freshly picked orange, but the only ones we have are refrigerated. 2. My favorite activities are to run, to read fiction and to swim. 3. To whom does this belong? 4. Each of the children said a somber goodbye to the teacher as he or she walked out of the classroom and into summer vacation. 5. We were forced to listen to that song every day, yet it was still our favorite.

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We were forced to listen to that song every day; however, it was still our favorite.

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We were forced to listen to that song every day. It was still our favorite. 6. This blueberry muffin is the tastier of the two. 7. As she filed paperwork, Megan's eye caught a glimpse of a giant spider. 8. If they ever decide to pack up and go home, we can finally get some rest. 9. We had a great time at the bowling alley. 10. She spoke to the children very nicely. 11. All of the cats have a personal food dish.

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Each of the cats has a personal food dish. 12. If we all show less attention to our own happiness and more attention to the basic needs of others, fewer people will starve on the streets of the richest nation on the planet. 13. Part-time jobs help students in their early teens develop fiscal constraint by learning the true value of money, social responsibility by adhering to a strict schedule and being obedient to management, and a sense of pride from a hard day of work. 14. Their car is entirely too small to fit all of the band equipment. 15. I have two siblings - Jack and Steven - but Jack is taller. 16. The viewers were deeply affected by the whaling video footage (the effect of which was a series of protests). 17. It is of utmost importance that you adhere to the rules! 75 questions 45 minutes Handout Practice
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