ACT English 5.6 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill 5, Problem 6. How would you correct the underlined segment, if at all?
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"Focusing on orb-weavers because their webs are the most recognizable."
No such luck. There's definitely a problem here.
Who came up with that "fingers crossed" thing anyway?
Option (A) is incorrect because kicking things off with the word "focusing" makes the sentence incomplete.
The word "focusing" fools us into thinking the sentence is beginning with a gerund phrase,
which is a type of phrase that functions as a noun.
In this case, it sounds like the gerund phrase is going to be the subject of the sentence.
However, there's no verb to tell us what the phrase "focusing on orb-weavers because their
webs are the most recognizable" does.
Though we suspect that focusing on orb-weavers can't do anything good for anybody.
Long story short: every subject needs a verb if it wants to make a complete sentence--even
if that subject is an entire phrase.
Option (A) is out.
(D) suggests we begin the sentence with "We'll have a focus." This doesn't work, though,
because "have a focus" is an awkward language construct.
Incidentally, we like to have our focus with a side of fries.
Answer (B) isn't great either.
"We're to focus" makes it sound like someone is requiring that the paragraph focus on orb-weavers.
Sure, it's possible some obsessive spider-lover is standing over the author in a Spider Man
suit demanding the orb-weaver focus, but that's unlikely.
The correct answer is (C).
"We will focus" makes the sentence complete and doesn't throw any linguistic curveballs our way.
Excuse us while we go lock our door. We're kinda worried that guy in the Spider Man suit
is creeping our way.