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Directions: This passage is an early draft of an essay, and some parts of it need to be rewritten. Read the passage and then choose the best answer for each of the practice questions that follow. When you are choosing your answers, make sure you follow the requirements of standard written English.
Questions #1-4 are based on the following passage.
(1) There is one area in school where I have always struggled. (2) Essay writing. (3) When I have an idea that I think will be easy to write, I sit down at the computer. (4) I brainstorm, organize my thoughts, but the words always seem to be jumbled by me. (5) No one else in my family seems to have any of the same problems with essays. (6) Not even my older brother really understands what I am going through. (7) Everyone else in my family, as you might say, sees writing an essay as a simple process of putting thoughts down on paper.
(8) After school, my tutor does what he can to help me improve my writing. (9) He is skilled at explaining how to assemble thoughts into complete, well organized ideas. (10) He has helped me go over my essays, showing me how to really get to the core of my meaning without meandering and losing focus. (11) He even gives me writing exercises that I can work on between meetings. (12) We meet twice a week.
(13) Although I have not mastered the English essay, my skills have improved. (14) I can organize my thoughts into paragraphs now. (15) I can make my main point understood. (16) I can even, sometimes, write something that can touch and inspire someone. (17) To me, that is a powerful ability, and one that has not come easily. (18) Because I have had to work at it, I understand the true value of writing.
There is one area in school where I have always struggled and essay writing.
There is one area in school where I have always had to struggle with essay writing.
There is one area in school where I have always had to struggle: essay writing.
There is one area in school where I have always had to struggle, that is essay writing.
I always have had to struggle in one area of school in spite of my essay writing.
(As it is now)
Brainstorming, I will organize my thoughts, but then the words always seem to be jumbled by me.
While I brainstorm and organize my thoughts, I seem to be jumbling the words.
I brainstormed and organized my thoughts, but my words always seemed to be jumbled.
I brainstorm and organize my thoughts, but I always seem to jumble the words.
as far as I can tell
my mother, for example
No sentence should be omitted.
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