SAT 2 WRITING: ANSWER CONTROVERSY!!!!





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By Mehere (Mehere) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 10:32 pm: Edit

the barrons book really bothers me sometimes with the practice answers.
here are two of my many concerns:

1. the orchestra please (so)A (loudly)B, and there was such a din in the ballrom throughout the wedding receptiong, that (it)C was (barely possible)D to hold a conversation without shouting.

i read clearly that so good so blah blah is not standard, so i picked A, yet the answers says E. the barrons book clearly states that so is not a standard usage.. anyone can exp? or is it that the writing doesnt care about standardness, as long as the grammar is right?

2, for neither.......... nor........ if the noun after neither is singular but after nor is plural, shouldn't the verb also be plural? and isn't ANY OF HIS AIDES plural since aides is plural?

thx!!

By Mehere (Mehere) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 10:37 pm: Edit

* played not please. sorry

By Simplyloved (Simplyloved) on Wednesday, April 14, 2004 - 11:24 pm: Edit

2. the verb should be singular.
1. is the wrong (right) answer D?

By Astrix (Astrix) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 05:09 am: Edit

Seemed like D to me... "hardly possible" sounds better

Barely possible implies "it was hard but possible". Am I wrong?

By Astrix (Astrix) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 05:16 am: Edit

Oh maybe that's what was meant. I got confused. Nevermind...

By Sticksandstones (Sticksandstones) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 09:13 am: Edit

yeah, "hardly possible" should probably be "impossible". Redundancy.

By Sticksandstones (Sticksandstones) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 09:14 am: Edit

*barely possible* --> impossible. oops

By Jason (Jason) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 09:31 am: Edit

Barely possible means it WAS possible - but barely.

Impossible means, as the name implies, that it was NOT possible.

As mehere has already said, the correct answer is E.

By Dannyferizzle (Dannyferizzle) on Sunday, April 18, 2004 - 10:22 am: Edit

I'd say its E--none of those have any problems, two adverbs in the beginning is fine, it is a subject that fits its antecedent, and barely possible is simply an adjective and an adverb.

By Conker (Conker) on Friday, April 23, 2004 - 09:22 pm: Edit

That has to be one of the most awful grammatically correct sentences that I have ever read. Grammatically, though, there is nothing wrong with A or D. However, I could make a point about the faulty parallelism. Yuck!


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