ACT English 3.1 Grammar and Usage
ACT English: Grammar and Usage Drill 3, Problem 1. Which tense is correct for the underlined word?
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content signals otherwise by showing cause and effect, or the passage of time.
In this case, that means that the correct form of "read" has to be in the past tense,
because "scanned" is the past. See how this parallel construction thing works?
It means that the original sentence is incorrect, because "reads" is in the present tense.
If we left the sentence the way it is, our construction would definitely not be parallel.
Nobody likes wonky construction, so we can take (A) out of the running.
Choice © doesn't make the cut, either, because "will read" is in the future tense.
Sorry, but typical parallel construction doesn't allow for one part to be in the future while
the other is in the past.
(D) gets all fancy and uses the present progressive tense.
Unfortunately, all we need is the simple past tense version, so (D) is out of the running.
Choice (B) is the correct answer, because "read" is the past tense of "read," and so
parallel construction is complete.
We tried to follow the rule of parallel construction when we built our restaurant, but we ended
up with two identical kitchens on either side of the building.