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Obscure Grammar Rules and Tricks?

RedCatharsisRedCatharsis Posts: 483Registered User Member
edited June 2009 in SAT Preparation
I know that people emphasize idioms a lot, but guess what, don't look for them too sharply--the only sort of idiom that the test likes to test is prepositional ones, and those, appear only once (at most, twice!) on the test.

Don't flip out over them!

(I thought "Attaining the speed of 60 miles per hour" should be changed to "Reaching the speed of...," apparently not. There are a whole bunch of other examples I could cite, but just don't bother correcting things that are awkward. They're usually right.)

But yes--everyone--respond to the topic please :)
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Replies to: Obscure Grammar Rules and Tricks?

  • zapzap Posts: 489- Member
    Okay I will check prepositions if there is anything underlined. I seem to miss the idioms a lot.
  • RedCatharsisRedCatharsis Posts: 483Registered User Member
    Because zap, they don't really like to test vernacular idioms that often--say, "traveling at the speed of light" vs. "traveling at light's speed" (the former is correct). This doesn't mean it won't appear, but I'm warning against simply assuming that it is WRONG, if something sounds awkward.
  • Secret Asian ManSecret Asian Man Posts: 2,497Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah if you are debating between answer choice A and answer choice B, and A sounds wrong but you know B is wrong, then go with B. But if you are debating between answer choice A and no error (E), and A sounds wrong, then take some time to go over it. Don't automatically assume that A is the right answer.
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