Improving sentences! Sarah, Ali, Rachel
Question type?! • In this section it checks your ability to edit a sentence • You can decide whether you can improve the underlined portion • Identify the best choice • Choice a means there is no change
Tips for how to approach • Read the entire sentence not just the underlines portion • Cover the choices until you get the feel of the sentence • If the sentence sounds correct as it is pick A • Before you commit to an answer plug it in and say it again to yourself
Tips continued • Watch out for sentence fragments • Avoid wordiness • Study proper use of semicolons, commas, and conjunctions
Examples! • Set in American southwest, tony Hillerman’s mystery novels offer the reader details about Navajo and Hopi culture as well as having suspenseful plots. a. Having suspenseful plots b. The suspenseful plots they offer c. Have suspenseful plots d. They offer suspenseful plots e. Suspenseful plots
Answer! • E because the structure of the two things the author offers needs to be as parallel as possible
Example 2! • Running and jumping in new sneakers, and kicking at an anthill to see what we could stir up. • Sneakers, and kicking at • Sneakers and kicking at • Sneakers; a kicking at • Sneakers, we would kick at • Sneakers, and kick at
Answer 2! • D because the given sentence is a fragment because it lacks a subject.