PSAT Writing : Separating Sentences

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Improving Paragraphs

Which is best way to split sentence (4) into two sentences?

[1] State-level legislative attempts to regulate immigration, both legal and illegal, over the previous twenty years reflect the diverse perspectives of multiple groups. [2] Activist groups contributed their own perspectives toward immigration legislation. [3] These activist groups included many diverse voices. [4] Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law and most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Possible Answers:

Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law. In fact, most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law. And most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote. 

Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law. Or most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law; however, most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote. Also the majority of proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Correct answer:

Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law. In fact, most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote.

Explanation:

The best way to split sentence 4 is "Ultimately, however, the majority of proposed legislation regarding immigration in Arkansas failed to become law. In fact, most proposed immigration legislation died in committee before reaching a floor vote." This option creates two complete sentences and maintains the main idea of the original sentence. 

The incorrect options in which the second sentence begins with "And most" is a fragment, as is the option in which the second sentence begins with "Or most." The answer choice that uses "however" is not consistent with the idea of the original sentence 4, as it implies that the second sentence is contradicting rather than affirming the first sentence. The final incorrect option, which uses "also," has a grammatical error because there is not a comma following the "Also" at the beginning of the sentence.

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