Which type of sentence is best for writing on a particular topic? A) Sentences using as many educational words as possible to explain the topic, to show the author knows the subject well. B) Sentences that contain transitional word phrases, such as: in order to, and once upon a time. C) Sentences that are concise, with words which clearly convey the meaning. D) Sentences with many adverbs, to describe the topic accurately.
The correct answer is C: Sentences that are concise, with words which clearly convey the meaning. Writers sometimes use wordy sentences, but using too many words can bore a reader. A good writer will demonstrate his or her knowledge of a topic by using words that get the point across as simply as possible. Phrases such as: in order to, once upon a time, etc., can be omitted, and too many descriptions make a sentence more complex than necessary.
Which location is likely to be selected for a nuclear generating station? A) Inside a city that will use the power generated by the plant B) In a wealthy, residential area C) In an area where there is the least public resistance D) In a place where there is already infrastructure to support a power plant
The correct answer is C. Nuclear power plants, and generating stations in general, are sited in places where there is the least resistance from society. Choice A is incorrect, because typically nuclear plants are not constructed in close proximity to densely populated areas (although the surrounding population may increase after a plant has been constructed). Choice B is incorrect. Nuclear power companies are likely to experience resistance by wealthy individuals living near the proposed plant, which could stop construction. Choice D is incorrect. Although it would be beneficial to have infrastructure in place for cost effectiveness, the highest priority is to find a site with public approval.
Does this sample sentence contain correct semicolon use? While she walked through her neighborhood this morning; she watched the sunrise.
No A semicolon is used to connect two independent clauses that share an idea. In the sample sentence, the first clause is dependent on the second clause, so a comma is appropriate to use: While she walked through her neighborhood this morning, she watched the sunrise. To use a semicolon correctly, take the preposition "while" out of the first clause, then the two clauses are independent: She walked through her neighborhood this morning; she watched the sunrise.