ACT English 3.5 Sentence Structure
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ACT English: Sentence Structure Drill 3, Problem 5. Which choice indicates the best organization for the sentence?
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adverb "carefully" modifies the verbs "tripped and fell."
Remember, adverbs are modifiers that only describe verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.
When we see this particular modification we have to ask ourselves: when was the last time
we saw somebody trip and fall, carefully?
We're going to go out on a limb and say that choice (A) is incorrect because
"carefully" is modifying the wrong thing.
Choice (B) actually makes the same mistake, so we'll go ahead and cross it out as well.
(D) makes a similar mistake to (A), only this time the speaker tells us that he or she "tripped
carefully," but apparently "fell" in a normal way.
Tripping is almost always something that happens when people are being careless not careful.
(C) is the correct answer. Here, "carefully" modifies "stepping," and the sentence makes
it understood that that speaker was doing his or her best to avoid what was apparently
a treacherous hole.
All right everyone, now watch your step.