Diction (Word Choice)
Good Diction means using the right words in right way. We have to adhere to certain definitive standards.
On the SAT writing section certain phrases are fixed : known as idioms. Although English Language has far too many idioms , there are a few which are SAT’s favorite.
Lets get the hang of some!
Eg 1: The pilgrims are credited on having celebrated the first thanks giving.
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Word credited in this context requires the preposition with.
Eg 2: The new mother spent most of the day worrying over her son’s safety.
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Worrying about is the right choice.
Eg 3: Diplomacy and dialogue had little affect on Pakistan’s political establishment.
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- Affect to Pakistan’s political establishment
- Effect on Pakistan’s political establishment
- Effect ,on the Pakistan’s political establishment
Affect is a verb. we need a noun i.e effect
List of common Idioms with prepositions
- Think about
- Prized for
- Responsible for
- Encouraged by
- Recognized as
- Devoid of
- Dwell on
- Consistent with
- Native to
- A native of
List of Commonly confused words
- Device-a machine Devise-come up with
- Than-used for comparison Then- next(to show sequence)
- Allude- make reference to Elude_ to evade escape
- If vs whether
- Afflict Vs Inflict
- Better vs best