Did you know 3.3% of the questions on the SAT and ACT deal with subject-verb agreements? Become more familiar with the different ways this rule shows up on the exams.
Both the SAT and ACT exams test students on when dashes should be used. Dashes draw attention to specific content and can function the same way as parentheses. They can set off additional information to further explain what is being discussed but that’s not essential for the sentence to make sense.
Several questions on the SAT exam require students to know where commas should be placed in relation to quotations: Before the beginning of the quotation, commas should be placed after the last word, which is usually a verb. When the quotation occurs in the middle of the sentence, commas should be placed before and after […]
Both the SAT and ACT exams test student knowledge about whether a comma should be placed between introductory information and the sentence’s independent clause. Introductory information can include phrases or dependent clauses that come before a sentence’s independent clause.
Both the SAT and ACT exams expect students to know whether or not appositives should be set off from the rest of the sentence with commas.
Both the SAT and ACT exams test comma placement between two independent clauses joined by a conjunction (FANBOYS: for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). In this type of sentence, the comma is placed after the first independent clause and before the conjunction. Most questions on the exams that require a comma between two independent […]
Do you get colons (:) and semicolons (;) confused? Although they both can be used after an independent clause (a complete thought with a subject and verb), colons can be followed by a word, phrase, or clause whereas semicolons are followed by another independent clause. When you think about when to use a colon, you […]
Do grammar rules seem like a distant memory, like recess in elementary school? Some of you may not have looked at anything grammar related since middle or even elementary school. Unfortunately, you will still be expected to know selected English rules when you’re taking the multiple-choice writing section of either the SAT® or ACT®.