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Top 20 Most Used ACT words

  • adhere (verb) to stick to
  • anticipate (verb) to look forward or predict.
  • characteristic (adjective) qualities of person, place or thing.
  • compose (verb) to write or create.
  • critical (adjective) express negative feelings or criticism.
  • determine (verb) make a decision based on evidence or facts.
  • differentiate(verb) find differences
  • engage (verb) to participate or attract interest.
  • glaring (adjective) reflecting a strong light, very obvious.
  • hypothesis (noun) a starting place for investigation.
  • imminent (adjective) happening right now or within a very short time.
  • inevitable (adjective) unable to avoid.
  • intuition (noun) to see or feel the future, like a gut feeling.
  • justify (verb) to uncover a good reason for the action.
  • omit (verb) to delete
  • precede (verb) to come before.
  • redundant (adjective) to do it over and over again
  • trivial (adjective) with little meaning.
  • uniform (adjective) not changing, the same and also a piece of clothing.

ACT English-What’s on the test?

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Grammar and punctuation have been the bane in many student’s existence when studying for the ACT and SAT.  Whether this material was ever taught or never reviewed it is material that must be mastered before taking any standardized test at the high school level or above.

The ACT Usage and Mechanics include: Punctuation as in commas, colons, semicolons, apostrophes,exclamation marks, periods and quotation marks.  Know that a semicolon has two complete clauses on either side but a colon only has one complete clause and a list of 3 or more items on the right hand side.

Grammar and Usage:  subject-verb agreement, pronoun forms and agreement, modifier and verb forms, parallelism. comparisons and idioms and possession. Make sure the pronouns agree with the antecedent and don’t be fooled by the clutter in the sentence.  Make sure the nouns, verbs, and prepositions are in the same form.

Sentence Structure:  Fragment and whole sentences, modifier placement and verb tense and voice.

Sounds impossible right?  No it’ s not.  I have a great series of worksheets that go through each grammar point and explain it along with two pages of related problems.  After you’ve completed those the answer is imprinted into your brain-seriously-I-swear.  Know a dash from a hyphen?  Hope so.

 

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