PSAT Writing #14

<p>Increasingly aware of the mosquito's role in transmitting certain diseases, and fearing of an epidemic, the mayor finally decided to drain the town pond.</p>

<p>(A) diseases, and fearing of an epidemic
(B) diseases and because of being fearful about an epidemic
(C) diseases and fearful of an epidemic
(D) diseases, while fearing an epidemic
(E) diseases, the fear of an epidemic</p>

I picked (D) at first but how are you supposed to catch the "adversative conjunction?" Should I just buy a regular English Grammar book and go from the beginning to end? What book do you guys reccomened that drills you through ALL of the grammar aspects of English? Thanks.</p>

<p>What's the answer to this problem?
idk, but I think it's C. You need parallel structure. Note that in the non underlined part. The mayor is "aware of", meaning you need an adjective followed by an "of". i don't know what the formal name is for that , but that's what i think. also, the "increasingly aware of " part and the "fearful of" part have similar meanings and intentions, so it should have an "and" to connect them.</p>

<p>In the PSAT booklet that you get before taking the PSAT, there's like a list of 12 grammar rules tested on the PSAT.</p>

<p>the best way for this one is to sound it out.</p>

<p>What about this one:</p>



<p>I'm kind of confused by the wording of the phrase "never less alone." How would you restate that in your own words to make it look as a definite paradox?</p>

<p>Wow, that's convoluted.</p>

<p>how's this : You're more lonely when you are not by yourself than when you're by yourself. </p>

<p>This is a paradox is that you're supposed to be the most lonely when you're by yourself, but this statement contradicts that.</p>

<p>where did you find this?</p>

<p>This is Collegeboard's explanation of #14 in the CR Section of this year's PSAT. I still don't see the paradox. My brain hurts just by looking at the phrase. =P </p>

<p>By the way, your answer to the former problem is correct.</p>

<p>alrighty, let's have another go at it. I took the Wednesday PSAT (i'm guessing you took the saturday one, cuz I can't find it in my packet).</p>

<p>Translation # 2 of the needlessly complicated #14 - "You are the least lonely when you're by yourself."</p>

<p>How's that?</p>