Sentence Completions Don't Have to be Scary

November 2003
Literary Cavalcade;Nov/Dec2003, Vol. 56 Issue 3, p30
The article focuses on sentence completions in English language. Sentence completions test one's knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation. These elements of the sentence make up the context and provide clues that will help identify the missing word. While reading a sentence, attention should be paid to both the structure of the sentence and the meaning of the words. One can tell a lot about where a sentence is headed by noting the words and punctuation marks along the way. Understanding the context is only the first step in the sentence completion. The next step is predicting the answer. Before even looking at the answer choices, a guess should be made as to what word one thinks would best complete the thought expressed in the sentence. After making the prediction, one should look for a synonym in the answer choices. The word that matches the prediction will be the right answer. INSET: SAT QUIZ.


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