ACT English 4.5 Sentence Structure
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ACT English: Sentence Structure Drill 4, Problem 5. What is the best way to format this list?
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This question is trying to trick us, but we weren't born yesterday.
It wants to fool us by using the word "correct," which can be used both as a verb and an adjective.
For example, we might say: "It can cause awkward situations when my iPhone incorrectly corrects
On the other hand, an example of "correct" being used as an adjective might be: "I sent
her the correct spelling, so I don't know why she's still freaking out."
See how "correct" there was an adjective to modify "spelling?"
Our sample sentence presents us with a list of items that kinda look like they start with verbs.
"Find" and "look" are both verbs and "correct" can be a verb as well, but wait a minute...
"Pronunciations" is a noun. Since it's not underlined, we know the ACT won't let us change it.
The laws of parallel construction tell us that everything in this list needs to match.
So if "pronunciations" is a noun, then every other item on the list needs to be, too.
What can we say? Parallel construction loves conformity.
Now that we've established that the original sentence is irreparably flawed, we can go
ahead and cross out choice (A).
We're now sure that "correct" is probably intended as an adjective, describing the noun
"spellings," and that the verb "look" doesn't belong at all.
We can also quickly eliminate (B) and (D) because both present us with a variation of
"looking up" verbs, which makes the last item an action, not a noun.
Man, these options are dropping like flies.
We're now left with choice (C), which steers clear of verbs and only gives us nouns.
Looks like right now is the perfect time to buy some property in Noun Town.