Understanding Idioms on the SAT and ACT


Whether you choose to take the ACT or the SAT, one of the trickier parts you'll run into on either Writing section has to do with idioms. The reason for the difficulty is that idioms are phrases that simply have to be memorized, much like the way you have to remember how to properly conjugate irregular, rule-breaking verbs. And on these tests, they're not even flashy phrases like "It's raining cats and dogs," or "I'm pulling your leg," which are used to indicate something different from their literal meaning. Instead, you'll have to remember the subtle differences between things like "arrive at" and "arrive to" or identify a correct answer as "in order to" and not "in order with."

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