ACT English 1.2 Style
ACT English: Style Drill 1, Problem 2. Which of the choices best matches the tone of the passage?
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Here are the potential answers...
Here, the first-person point of view and informal language give this passage a casual tone.
The subject matter also makes the whole thing seem relaxed; it's hard to sound super-formal
if we're talking about our brother jumping out of bushes to scare us at Halloween.
Anyway, it's like the sentences are wearing shorts and flip-flops, and we've got to
find an answer that's equally as casual.
Both (B) and (C) are definitely not wearing flip-flops.
The words "indubitably" and "incontestable" are about as formal as it gets.
Plunking either of these answer choices into the underlined portion would be like
wearing wingtips on the beach.
The original sentence uses the phrase, without a shadow of a doubt,
which is a fairly well known idiom.
Of course, while it's not totally formal, it's not the sort of thing that people
would say in everyday speech, at least not in the modern era.
It's sort of like somebody going to the beach wearing, one flip-flop and one wingtip.
We're going for the full flip-flop style, here, so we can nix choice (A).
Choice (D) is the right answer because "naturally" is the most casual of the answer choices.
We're actually thinking about trying this one flip-flop, one wingtip style.
We hear it's the hottest new hipster fad.