ACT English 1.7 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 1, Problem 7. Which punctuation best fits before this list?
|ACT English||Passage Drill|
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Colons, Hyphens, and Apostrophes|
Our sensors are detecting one nasty run-on sentence.
Without the proper punctuation, this sentence is a monstrous mush of words that's close
Our original sentence ends with a list, which describes the three layers of the coconut.
Without the proper punctuation to introduce this list, we've got a serious case of run-on pandemonium.
Therefore, we can nix choice (A), since it doesn't use any punctuation whatsoever.
Choice (C) makes an effort at punctuating by sliding a comma in between the list and
the earlier part of the sentence.
Unfortunately, a measly little comma isn't enough to stop this run-on.
We can get rid of choice (C).
(D) tries using a semicolon, but this doesn't work either.
Semicolons are great when we want to connect two independent clauses, but they're totally
useless when we're trying to introduce a list.
The answer is (B), which correctly uses a colon to prepare us for the list to come.
Besides introducing lists, colons are good at introducing quotes and explanations.
They're also good at introducing us when we're feeling awkward at a party...