ACT English 1.5 Organization
ACT English: Organization Drill 1, Problem 5. Which is the correct transition word?
|English I EOC Assessment||Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs|
|Essay Revision||Coherence, Organization, and Word Choice|
Rhetorical Effectiveness and Use of Organization
|Oral and Written Conventions||Parts of Speech|
|Product Type||ACT English|
Organization: Sentences and Paragraphs
Choice (A) is wrong because the original sentence uses "moreover" to connect the two ideas.
"Moreover" is usually used to add one idea to another, not to set up a contradiction.
So, we're sure (A) is confused and should probably seek professional help.
(C) tries "similarly" on for size, but unfortunately it just doesn't fit.
"Similarly" is used to connect two ideas that are, well...similar.
As we've said before, we're on the hunt for a word that sets up contrast, so we can
eliminate answer ©.
Choice (D) offers "finally," which doesn't set up a contrast either. "Finally" is used
to hammer home the final point of an argument.
It's good for listing the concluding points of an essay or paragraph, but that's about it.
If we were writing a manifesto declaring why our former friend, Boris, is a jerk, we might
end it with a kicker like...
"Finally, Boris is a jerk because he put a dead rat in the punch at the New Year's Eve
Though "finally" might be good in that kind of a situation, it's no good for setting up
contrasts. So we can get rid of (D).
Choice (B) gets it right by using "however" to correctly set up the contrast between the
Although the speaker has several questions to choose from, only one can be right.
Hey, sounds a lot like the situation we were just presented with. Look at he ACT getting
all meta on us.