ACT English 3.8 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 3, Problem 8. Which adjective best describes "funnel" in this passage?
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This sentence is in bad need of the correct adjective to describe the noun "funnel."
(Quick reminder: nouns are words that represent people, places, and things, while adjectives
are the words that describe them.)
The purpose of the paragraph in which the sentence appears is to help the reader know
the stages of a tornadic waterspout. Huh, you never know when that might come in use.
So, we're looking for the adjective that best conveys this idea.
Choice (C) suggests the word "expected," but this really isn't the best answer. Yeah, the
funnel might be expected after the sequence of events the paragraph describes...
But this adjective doesn't convey the idea that the sentence is geared toward helping
the reader recognize waterspouts.
Choice (B) thinks "ordinary" is the right answer, but we can't agree. Describing the
funnel as "ordinary" makes it seem like these waterspouts happen everywhere on a daily basis.
We're glad this isn't true, because it would really put a damper on our beach time.
And then there's choice (A), which offers the word "identifiable." We can see why someone
might go for this one, since the funnel is identifiable, meaning that when someone looks
at it they can say what it is.
However, we're more in the market for a word that conveys that the funnel is typical of
a waterspout, not that they're generally recognizable.
This best answer is (D), which does just this with word "characteristic."
Flinging frogs and fish everywhere? These waterspouts are real characters all right.