ACT English 5.5 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 5. Which choice expresses the underlined segment best?
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...hoping against hope there're no spider webs where we land.
Options (C) and (D) seem like obvious eliminations to us.
Each answer choice is super wordy. As writers, it's important to always use as few words as possible.
If we use too many unnecessary words, people lose the thread of what we're trying to say.
Of course, the shortest option isn't always the best either.
If we trim the wordage down too much, people won't understand what we're saying either.
Shorter isn't always better.
Take option (B) for example.
(B) might look the best because it's the shortest, and we are usually looking for the most concise
choice, but "prey catching" is an awkward phrasing.
If we tell somebody we're going "prey catching" for the day, it's pretty much guaranteed we'll
get an awkward look.
And possibly some unwanted attention from local law enforcement.
The best answer is (A). It's specific and no wordier than it needs to be.
OK, check you later. We've got some prey catching to do.
Whoops, did we say that out loud?