ACT English 4.3 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 4, Problem 3. How could dashes be correctly inserted into the sentence, if at all?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Dashes, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points|
Dashes can be used in place of commas to set a certain phrase—often a modifier—apart for emphasis.
(B) is incorrect because the modifiers of "so problematic" and "so resistant to definition"
need to be separated with a comma.
(C) is incorrect because "and yet" isn't crucial enough to be emphasized with dashes.
This leaves us with choices (A) and (D).
But (D) still wins the day, because the use of dashes really helps to clarify the meaning of the sentence.
But (D) still wins the day, because the use of dashes really helps to clarify the meaning
The modifier "so resistant to definition, and yet so transitory in those definitions"
helps explain why the term is so problematic.