ACT English 5.5 Sentence Structure
ACT English: Sentence Structure Drill 5, Problem 5. Which choice uses the correct form of "awake" for this sentence?
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in some form of the past tense, they feature different forms of the verb "awake."
Our job is to sort through this identity crisis and find the form that fits the sentence.
We know that (B) is incorrect for sure because "awoken" can't exist without a helping verb
like "has" or "had."
We can say, "The dragon had awoken," or "The dragon has awoken," but "The dragon awoken,"
The word "awoken" always needs a little help from its friends.
(D) isn't right because the helping verb "was" requires "awaking," the participle form of the verb.
"Was" and "awoke" don't make any sense together, at least, that's what their therapist told them.
(A) is incorrect because "awaked" is antiquated,
meaning that it's not a commonly used word anymore.
We've tried to make it popular again, but it feels like an uphill battle.
Sometimes you just can't fight the irresistible tide of public opinion.
So C has to be our correct answer.
"Awoke" is in the past tense and is consistent with the past tense verb "rushed," which appears
in the first part of the sentence.
Sure, "awaked" sounds more fun, but we wouldn't suggest testing the ire of those ACT test administrators.
You don't want to wake a sleeping dragon.