Is Your Knowledge of Common Phrases Up to SAT Standards?

EDUCATION

Becky

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Absent _____ the debate has been any mention of the president's crime.

Absent from the debate has been any mention of the president's crime. The other choices are incorrect.

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The use of the improper word might be acceptable ___ your peers, but not me.

The use of the improper word might be acceptable to your peers, but not me. Some people erroneously use the word "with."

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They are accustomed ____ a lot of noise.

They are accustomed to a lot of noise. The other choices are incorrect.

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Few are acquainted ____ rural history.

Few are acquainted with rural history. A common mistake would be the use of the word "in."

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Doris was adept ___ her job.

Doris was adept at her job. The use of the word "in" is a common mistake.

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Scientists believe the brain ______ immortal.

Scientists believe the brain to be immortal. The use of the word "as" would be a common mistake in this phrase.

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Many did not believe him capable ___ such good grades.

Many did not believe him capable of such good grades. The use of the word "in" would be a common mistake here.

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The detective was unwilling to collaborate _____ the FBI on the case.

The detective was unwilling to collaborate with the FBI on the case. The use of the word "in" would be a common mistake here.

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Scientists conclude ____ fossils are great.

Scientists conclude that fossils are great. A common mistake here would be to leave out the word "that."

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A high SAT score is consistent _____ good grades.

A high SAT score is consistent with good grades. Using the word "to" would be a common mistake in this phrase.

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She was not conscious ____ her errors.

She was not conscious of her errors. Use of the word "in" would be a common mistake here.

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Contrary ______ what most expect, college is not free.

Contrary to what most expect, college is not free. Using the word "with" would be a common mistake here.

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The events were depicted ___ the truth.

The events were depicted as the truth. The use of the word "of" would be a common error here.

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Poetry is different ____ mere rhyming.

Poetry is different from mere rhyming. A common error here would be to use the word "than."

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Amanda emerged ___ the winner.

Amanda emerged as the winner. A common error here would be to leave out the word "as."

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She was encouraged ___ pursue a college degree.

She was encouraged to pursue a college degree. A common mistake here would be to write "in pursuing ..."

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Amino acids are essential ___ our well being.

Amino acids are essential to our well being. A common mistake here would be to use the word "for."

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She was fascinated ___ all the colors.

She was fascinated by all the colors. Using the word "with" would be a common error here.

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She is inclined ___ ask questions.

She is inclined to ask questions. Using the word "on" is a common mistake here.

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She managed ___ isolate her coworkers.

She managed to isolate her coworkers. The use of the word "in" would be a common mistake here.

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Chad had somehow been mistaken ____ the assailant.

Chad had somehow been mistaken for the assailant. Using the word "as" would be a common mistake here.

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The building was modeled ______ the Greek pantheon.

The building was modeled after the Greek pantheon. The use of the word "around" would be a common mistake here.

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The kangaroo is native ___ Australia.

The kangaroo is native to Australia. The use of the word "of" would be a common mistake here.

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Coffee originated ___ what is today southern Peru.

Coffee originated in what is today southern Peru. The use of the word "of" would be a common mistake here.

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Many perceived ___ mathematical geniuses actually owe their success to hard work.

Many perceived as mathematical geniuses actually owe their success to hard work. All other choices are incorrect.

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Children predisposed ___ learning are more likely to get good grades.

Children predisposed to learning are more likely to get good grades. The use of the word "in" would be a common mistake here.

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Forgoing college may be preferable ___ student loan debt.

Forgoing college may be preferable to student loan debt. The use of the word "over" would be a common mistake here.

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Those without security clearance are prohibited _____ entering the building.

Those without security clearance are prohibited from entering the building. The use of the word "to" would be a common mistake here.

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King is regarded ___ one of the greatest writers of all time.

King is regarded as one of the greatest writers of all time. The other options are incorrect.

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Her responsibility ___ her children prevented her from making bad choices.

Her responsibility to her children prevented her from making bad choices. The use of the word "of" would be a common mistake here.

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Sensitive ___ the demands of the union, the manager offered the workers a raise.

Sensitive to the demands of the union, the manager offered the workers a raise. The use of the word "over" would be a common mistake here.

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The government was suspicious ___ the spy.

The government was suspicious of the spy. The use of the word "about" would be a common error here.

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The boss was tolerant ___ few who tried to question his authority.

The boss was tolerant of few who tried to question his authority. The use of the word "to" would be a common mistake here.

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The landlord will try ___ fix the drain after the storm.

The landlord will try to fix the drain after the storm. The use of the word "and" would be a common mistake here.

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Neither the school ____ his parents know where Sam is.

Neither the school nor his parents know where Sam is. The use of the word "or" would be a common mistake here.

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About This Quiz

Did you take the SAT? How well did you do? If you did not take the SAT, do you believe that you would have done well if you had taken it? Let's find out how well you would have done on the common phrases questions portion of the exam.

The SAT incorporates what are called idioms into the exam. But, in SAT speak, idioms are not what you might think. Most people think of idioms as common expressions such as, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." However, for the purpose of the SATs, idioms are phrases that are comprised of a noun or an adjective followed by a preposition. But, don't worry. Even if you don't know what a noun, adjective or preposition are, many SAT phrases are pretty much common sense. For instance, do you know if the phrase "A high SAT score is consistent with good grades" is correct? If you're like some people, you might accidentally think that the correct phrase is "A high SAT score is consistent to good grades," but you'd be wrong. The correct phrase is actually "A high SAT score is consistent with good grades."

So, if you think you can get a good grade on this quiz, let's get started!

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