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Clipped Words

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Maybe it’s a sign that English speakers and writers are lazy, but we have a historic tendency to shorten long words. It tends to start in informal, spoken settings, but eventually the clipped forms make their way into formal, published writing. That’s when the purists object. But nobody really minds the purists. Eventually, the clipped form becomes preferred and we …

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Should I Care That the SAT Is Dropping the Essay?

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After eight years, the SAT is giving up on the essay. Is this a good idea or a bad one?

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20 More SAT Words (Quiz Included)

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Here’s my second post on common SAT words. The first post is here. Below are 20 words randomly selected from …

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20 SAT Words (Quiz Included)

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Certain words appear often on the SAT. You can find various lists online that were created by looking at numerous tests over the years. Below are 20 words randomly selected from one of those lists and their definitions. Click on the word for a more detailed definition on Merriam-Webster.com. Below the list is a link to a quiz on these 20 words.

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SAT Essay, Part 8: The Conclusion

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At the end of a tiring trip, it’s a nice feeling to finally pull into your own driveway and put the car in park. That’s how good essays should come to an end also — with a graceful and satisfying sense of closure. An essay without a conclusion is like slamming on the brakes a block from home.

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