Thanks for accompanying me on my journey Mike! It was a good run.
My SAT Journey:
PSAT 2013: 1890 —> PSAT 2014: 1990 —> PSAT 2015: 2260 –> SAT (June 2015): 2140 –> SAT (October 2015): 2290.
My weapons were the big blue book, Mike’s essay guide, and Ms. Meltzer’s holy grail of grammar.
Miracles do happen after all!
Blue Book pg 607 #9
What is wrong about answer [A]? I thought the reference to the eighteenth century also implied that moral critique was a long-standing tradition. Is my understanding of “tradition” incorrect, maybe?
“An expedition was sent in 1949 to check [a Turkish villager’s reporting] he had seen the remains of Noah’s ark on Mount Ararat.”
I know the answer is [the report of a Turkish villager that], but I am confused as to why the answer cannot be [the Turkish villager report saying].
The “report…that…” phrase makes sense to me. Is “report saying” an incorrect phrase?
“[Whether the ancient Egyptians actually sailed or did not] to South America remains uncertain, but Heyerdahl’s Ra II expedition demonstrated that they could have done so.”
I had incorrectly answered [The actuality of the sailing by the ancient Egyptians]. Is this incorrect because it’s too wordy? Or did they use “actuality” incorrectly?
The correct answer was [That the ancient Egyptians actually sailed]. Can you start a sentence with “that”?
I’m confused on whether verb agreement for “none” should be singular or plural. I know in your post [http://qa.pwnthesat.com/post/28309593095/hi-i-was-wondering-how-do-you-identify-whether-a] you said that it depends. Some of the sources I’ve come across [http://data.grammarbook.com/blog/singular-vs-plural/none-were-vs-none-was/] and [http://www.majortests.com/sat/explain.php?exp=49303036243134243636] insist that the verb should always be singular. Could you please clarify this?