Review: Sentence Corrections 1.When questioned, a surprising number of A fifth-graders said that telling the truth—even if it B meant being punished—was preferable than CD living with a lie. No error E
Review: Sentence Corrections D is correct The correct idiom here is preferable to, not preferable than.
Review: Sentence Corrections 2. The gods of Greek mythology, who were neither A omniscient nor particularly ethical, amused B themselves by taking on disguises and meddling in CD the affairs of mortals. No error E
Review: Sentence Corrections E is correct A has a plural verb to match gods, and neither must accompany the nor later in the sentence B is a correct use of the adverb to modify the adjective C and D are parallel and correct use of verb gerunds
Strategy: Understand Common Mistakes Complete Usage Common Mistakes #12-14 in Kaplan Packet Practice by answering #1 and #6 on page 147 Additional practice: pages 188-195
24. duplicitous (adjective) deceitful, dishonest, two-faced synonyms: see above
25. lament (verb) to express grief or regret synonyms: bemoan, deplore
26. mitigate (verb) to make or become less severe, intense or painful synonyms: lessen, ease, mollify
27. reticence (noun) the quality or state of keeping silent; reserve synonyms: hesitation, restraint
28. penchant (noun) a strong inclination or liking synonyms: tendency, affinity, predilection
29. refute (verb) to prove to be false or erroneous synonyms: disprove, repudiate, cancel
30. rouse (verb) to bring or come out of a state of sleep, unconsciousness, or inactivity synonyms: awaken, stir
Strategy: Find Clue Words Identify the clue word(s) in each of the following. Then, predict an answer: The journalist’s description of the crime scene remained ___, devoid of any bias or emotion. The candidate was mocked for his ___ response to the question: his long-winded and rambling reply did nothing to clarify his position. The critic complained that Hollywood directors should stop producing technically slick but emotionally ___ movies and begin creating films filled with authenticity and poignancy.
Strategy: Find Clue Words The journalist’s description of the crime scene remained ___, devoid of any bias or emotion. A.esoteric B.convincing C.dispassionate D.ironic E.predictable
Strategy: Find Clue Words The candidate was mocked for his ___ response to the question: his long-winded and rambling reply did nothing to clarify his position. A.lucid B.meandering C.benign D.partisan E.candid
Strategy: Find Clue Words The critic complained that Hollywood directors should stop producing technically slick but emotionally ___ movies and begin creating films filled with authenticity and poignancy. A.savvy B.vacuous C.opulent D.urbane E.boorish
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