ACT English 1.4 Style
ACT English: Style Drill 1, Problem 4. Which choice best matches the formality of the sentence?
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While "play against the big boys" may sound like a phrase an ESPN host might use,
it's not formal enough to match "despite the obstacle of his slight build."
Therefore, we know that we can nix choice (A) right off the bat.
Choice (C) has the opposite problem of (A). The phrase "play against the renowned professionals"
is too elevated for this sentence.
So it looks like we're going to have to take (C) out of the game.
Now we're down to (B) and (D), which both meet our needs in terms of tone.
However, we can call a foul on (D) because it leaves out essential information.
The whole point of the sentence is that one day this guy will be a professional, despite
his current size.