Please explain these SAT writing questions to me?

<p>In scenarios reminiscent of the old science fiction movie Fantastic Voyage, medical researchers HOPE EXPLORING the body with miniature robots sent into the bloodstream.</p>

<p>a. hope exploring
b. hope to explore</p>

<p>The answer is B. Why? I can see how B sounds more right...but is there any more concrete reason than that?</p>

<p>The sentence is talking about the future, so a present tense isn't appropriate.</p>

<p>^ Huh?</p>

<p>"hope" must be followed by an infinitive complement; "exploring" is, in contrast, a gerund. See Gerunds</a> and Infinitives: Their Noun Roles.</p>

<p>Isn't A also an incomplete thought/ sentence?</p>

<p>^ If we imagine an implicit relative pronoun after "hope" and think of "exploring" as a non-complement gerund, then I guess we could call it a fragment. However, the real error is that the incorrect verb complement form was used.</p>

<p>At Mount Snow the family of four (drove snowmobiles, skiing for hours, and enjoyed an afternoon of ice-skating).
D) drove snowmobiles, skied for hours, and enjoyed and afternoon of ice-skating.
E) snowmobiled, skied, and enjoyed an afternoon of ice-skating.</p>

<p>Answer is D....why not E? E is more concise but D is a little bit more parallel. However, the explanation the Barron's 2400 book says is (for E)..."Loss of info. What is being enjoyed?". Well, isn't ice-skating being enjoyed???</p>

<p>^ Both of those choices are perfectly fine.</p>

<p>^yea, I didn't understand why one was better than the other. I chose E because of its brevity....but the book said I was wrong.</p>

<p>It's fine though that in E the last part has that additional info....unlike the first 2 things in the list? Is it still parallel?</p>

<p>Don't use Barron's for sufficient accuracy.</p>

<p>I find D to sound better, but I can't find anything wrong with E (though I have never heard or seen the word "snowmobiled" before).</p>

<p>Silverturtle, could you help me with these two problems?</p>

<p>The director valued the actor not so much for his broad commerical appeal ** but because he approached every role with passion and intelligence **</p>

<p>(A) but because he approached every role with passion and intelligence
(B) but because of his approaching every role with passion and intelligence
(C) but for being passionate and intelligent in approaching every role
(D) as for him approaching ever role passionately and intelligently
(E) as for his passionate and intelligent approach to every rold</p>

<p>For this one I narrowed it down between A and E. Is E right because it follows parallelism (for his... for his)? Is "but" unacceptable in this case then, or is the error primarily in parallelism?</p>

<p>Quincy took Dan to Derek's home /(A) for a visit /, /(B) never imagining/ that five years (/C)would pass/ before /(D) seeing/ Derek again. No error </p>

<p>Should this be in past tense "he would see" because of "five years would pass"?</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>'I believe you are correct because you are comparing qualities rather than methods. I also believe you are right in the second, as "took" is past tense.</p>