ACT English 5.10 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 10. How would you correct the beginning of the sentence if at all?
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There’s no apparent rhyme or reason to these answer choices; we’ll have to jump right in.
Let’s begin by nixing option (B).
The word “maybe” is redundant since the word that follows is “perhaps.”
These words mean the same basic thing, so there’s no need for both.
People who say maybe and perhaps in the same sentence must be really unsure of themselves.
Answer (C) is both needlessly wordy and in the wrong tense.
The phrase “What has been” is in the present perfect tense, while the rest of the sentence
is in the simple present.
Unless a writer thinks it’s fun to confuse the reader, it’s usually a bad idea to randomly shift tenses.
Option (C) is a definite no.
(A) thinks it’s a good idea to begin the sentence with “There is,” but we have to disagree.
Plunking these two words at the top of the sentence is a bad idea because they hijack
the positions of subject and verb.
This sentence already has a subject and verb--“part” and another “is”--
so there’s no need for any more.
This leaves us with choice (D), the correct answer.
The best thing to do is omit the underlined segment entirely.
We advise the sentence to cut its losses and move on with its life.
It might be difficult at first, but with time the healing will come.