ACT English 5.12 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 5, Problem 12. How would you correct this underlined segment, if at all?
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The underlined segment's purpose on Earth is to introduce the phrase that modifies "complex nets of silk."
We wonder if it's comforting or stifling to have your purpose decided for you.
Whatever the case, it's up to us to find the answer option that does the best job of helping
to describe these complex nets.
Choice (C) is incorrect because it uses the singular verb "is" to help describe the plural noun "nets."
Singular verbs and plural nouns don't get along in general, so it's best we nix choice
(C) before anything bad happens.
(B) is wrong because it drops the past tense verb "were" in the middle of a present tense sentence.
This would be like taking a person from some ancient decade...like, oh say, the 90's...and
putting them in modern day.
We wouldn't want "were" to feel out of place, so we'll take option (B) off the table.
We've now whittled our choices down to (A) and (D).
Neither one is grammatically incorrect, but (D) is the best option because it's a wee
less wordy--well, two words less wordy to be exact.
OK, excuse us while we go listen to our antique mix tape.