ACT English 1.3 Passage Drill
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ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 1, Problem 3. Keeping an eye out for wordiness.
|ACT English||Passage Drill|
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Sentences that make use of too many words in order to relate the meaning that they would
like to convey to their intended audience can sometimes be hard to follow and annoying
to listen to for the audience for which they are intended because...
OK, we'll stop.
Choices (A) and (D) are first on the chopping block, since both are guilty of wordiness.
"For a person who is average" and "when a person is average" both use too many words
to get across a relatively simple idea.
Remember, whenever possible, simpler is better.
Choices (B) and (C) both keep it simple by using "average person."
Though they may agree on this, they disagree on the use of the words "for" and "to."
(B) claims that "to the average person" is correct, while (C) says "for the average person" is the way to go.
It can sometimes be difficult to determine whether "for" or "to" is right in a sentence.
We think of it like this: The passage is stating that plant classification is a difficult subject
for the average person to understand.
If it's rephrased in that way, "for" is the only word that fits. Therefore, we know that
(C) is the correct answer.
By the way, we chose a guy at random on the street, and he couldn't classify plants at
all. So, in our experience, this totally holds true.