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Unformatted text preview: Whitman College 1 Tournament 2009 File Title Writing The Writing section of the SAT makes up one-third of your total composite score (800 out of 2400). Here is the run-down that I gave in the introductory section: Quote: The SAT Writing section, added in 2005, is a slightly shorter 60 minutes, which is broken into three sections (one 25-minute essay section to commence the test, a 25-minute section, and a refreshingly brief 10-minute section to round out the SAT). There are 25 Improving Sentences questions, 18 Identifying Errors questions, 6 Improving Paragraphs questions, and the essay. Although the SAT does not explicitly test any grammatical terms, having a firm understanding of English grammar serves as an invaluable foundation for confidently answering each of the Improving Sentences and Identifying Errors questions. Having an especially good ear for what sounds right may get you a good score a lot of the time; but it is unreliable, especially these days, when colloquialisms and grammar errors pervade our speech. So here we go. (In writing this guide, I have attempted to integrate concepts that the SAT will test into the presentation of grammar. Some of the grammar terminology can be intimidating; but if you spend the time to truly understand the concepts that I present, I am confident that (assuming an essay score of 10 or higher) you should be able to consistently score 750 or higher on the Writing section, almost regardless of where you started.) GRAMMAR GUIDE It seems most appropriate to begin with the parts of speech, many of which will likely be familiar to you. Many relevant discussions stem from them, and they are presented here as well. ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- The Noun : any entity, often defined as a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns come in various forms, some of which have overlap: Common noun : a nonspecific entity; is not capitalized, except when beginning a sentence. Examples: dog, computer, printer, ground, person, painter, stupidity . Proper noun : a specific entity; must be capitalized. Examples: Bob, Microsoft, United States, Texas .--- Singular noun : a single entity; may be proper or common. Examples: house, President, shirt, beauty . Plural noun : multiple entities; may be proper or common. Examples: houses, Presidents, shirts .--- Whitman College 2 Tournament 2009 File Title Collective noun : a single noun that refers a group of entities. Examples: jury, team, family . Depending on the context and intended meaning, collective nouns may be either singular or plural; I will discuss this more later. --- Count noun : noun that can be pluralized. Examples: : noun that can be pluralized....
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