ACT English 3.6 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill, Drill Set 3, Problem 6. Which choice is the most accurate and concise?
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After a certain amount of time?
And here are the potential answers...
This question wants us to be accurate and concise.
The best answer will help the writer move from the previous sentence
to the sentence the transition introduces.
We’ll eliminate option (B) first because the the word “however” interrupts the flow of logic.
And if there’s one the flow of logic hates, it’s being interrupted.
The word “however” is used to contrast one idea with another. Example:
“He says he hates Katy Perry; however, I heard him singing ‘Roar’ in the shower.”
Of course, the real question with this example is how exactly did this person hear the other
one in the shower. Let’s just leave that one to the imagination.
Choices (A) and (C) both get across the right idea. What we need is a word or phrase that
tells us it takes some time for a spiral pattern of water to turn into a full-fledged cascade.
The phrases “after a certain amount of time” and “what happens next is that” don’t
have any problems communicating this. They do have a problem with concision, however.
We’re going to check out our final option and hope it’s not so wordy.
Ah, look at that. Choice (D) is correct because it gets the job done in one word: “eventually.”
It succinctly communicates the idea that a bit of time is needed for spiraling water
to grow into a cascade.
Isn’t it cute when it grows up?