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Grammar Question

kxliukxliu Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2007 in SAT Preparation
What's the answer to this?

Despite the attorney's moving plea, the judge placed the juvenile offender on probation for an indecisive period.


Thank you!
Post edited by kxliu on

Replies to: Grammar Question

  • kxliukxliu Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    Nevermind. I figured it out. Inanimate objects can't be indecisive. Whoops.
  • alpha2400alpha2400 Posts: 185Registered User Junior Member
    Indecisive is wrong. Diction error.
  • asc3ndasc3nd Posts: 547Registered User Member
    indecisive
  • D-YuD-Yu Posts: 995Registered User Member
    maybe indecisive should be indeterminate? idk
  • RahoulVARahoulVA Posts: 1,364Registered User Senior Member
    Indecisive=you can't decide on how long the period is maybe? I haven't dealt with diction errors a lot but now that's just one more thing to look over before I move onto the next question. Still, what's wrong with my first sentence?
  • kxliukxliu Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    Okay... I have two more questions:

    After the prince characterized modern architecture as ugly he has been severely criticized for having been so outspoken in public. No error

    I have gone to only one football game after I graduated from high school. No error

    Please tell me what's wrong and explain! Thank you!
  • arachnophobia12arachnophobia12 Posts: 2,722Registered User Senior Member
    i believe "has been" is wrong, and "after" is incorrect, too. i think "has been" should be "was" (or maybe something else-idk), and "after" should be "since".
  • D-YuD-Yu Posts: 995Registered User Member
    I agree with arachnophobia12 on both. he was critized after being so outspoken, so you need the simple past tense. The "has been" implies that he was criticized, and still being critized. in the second sentence, "have gone" is present perfect, (implying that something was started in the past and is continuing now, kinda like a still-standing record). Therefore, (I think) you need a word as a reference point, like the word "since"

    Where did you see these sentences?
  • kxliukxliu Posts: 260Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks guys! I saw the sentences in Collegeboard tests... I'm pretty sure it was in the extra 6 practice tests or something.
  • D-YuD-Yu Posts: 995Registered User Member
    Quote : I'm pretty sure it was in the extra 6 practice tests or something.


    Are those extra 6 in the book or online? The online ones should have explanations
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