ACT English 4.1 Sentence Structure
ACT English: Sentence Structure Drill 4, Problem 1. Which list fits best in this sentence?
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Take our original sentence, for example. It ends with a list.
The first two words on the list--"quickly" and "accurately"--
are regular adverbs. We know this because
they are describing the verb "write."
Remember, it's the function of adverbs to describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs.
The final item on the list also functions
as an adverb because it describes the way the production manager is supposed to be writing.
However, it's a propositional phrase, not a single adverb. This goes against the idea
of parallel construction and offends our sense of order.
Choice (B) is full of all kinds of randomness, making it easy to eliminate.
Its list includes a prepositional phrase,
a single adverb, and a two-adverb combo.
(D) looks a little more sane at first glance, but ultimately it also fails.
"Quickly" and "thoroughly" are both adverbs that end in "L-Y." "Accurate," on the other
hand, does not end in "L-Y," and is also the adjective form of the word.
Choice (C) finally fixes our sentence by making sure that every word in the list is a full-fledged
adverb with an "L-Y" ending, and all is parallel.
Some might say that parallel construction is unimaginative, but zigzag construction