SAT Question of the Day (ACT too!): Jan. 21, 2014

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The answer is A.  “In addition to” is the proper phrase to go with “and” rather than beginning the phrase with “also.”  It is an idiomatic structure like many others in the English language that you should memorize.  I recommend you visit and you’ll find a fantastic list of common errors in the English language.

Let’s see what the ACT folks have for us today.

ACT Question of the Day: Use your “back” button to return to my website after reading the ACT Question of the Day.

The answer is H.  We’ve done this question many times before because the ACT folks keep using the same questions over and over.  There’s an adjectival clause, “from the American Southwest,” that describes the place where she’d been born.  We need to fix two things.  First, we need a relative pronoun “where” to go with the phrase.  Second, the clause needs a comma.  Whenever you use a relative or adjectival clause that is not essential to the sentence or is not restrictive (doesn’t provide information related to specifying a specific noun, often a person), then you need to use a comma to set it off.  Please take a look at Video #9 for more details.

I hope you have a productive short, 4-day week!

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About Bob Alexander

Bob has been a professional educator starting with teaching biology, becoming a school administrator, and then working as an education lobbyist in Washington, DC. He got his start in national testing by becoming a consulting test writer, later joining Kaplan as a director, and finally starting his own business in 1995. He has written numerous books, consulted for school districts and colleges, developed his website and been featured on a DVD set. He offers SAT and ACT prep classes and tutors individuals and small groups of students in central Florida.
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