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Dear Mitch,

The SAT is in a few hours, so I figured I'd check in to see if you have any last-minute tips or tricks or whatever.

Thank you for all the tips you've been putting up, as they really seem like the kinds of things that'll help me on the test! 

Scott C. 


Dear Scott C.,


Continuing the series of tips I've been posting to help on the multiple choice part of the writing section, here is one last example of something you might encounter as one of the sentences you'll be expected to examine, spot the error, and select the best choice to fix it: 

The red house is the one the robber ran into. 

QUESTION: What's wrong with that sentence? 

ANSWER: It is not considered good grammar to end a sentence with a preposition.

What's a preposition?

A preposition is a word that shows the position of one object or creature or place in relationship to another object or creature or place. (NOTE:  The 'position' could be physical or temporal -- which means having to do with time).

Physical positions are words like these: under, over, behind, above, through, into, around, out, and in.

Temporal ones are words like these: before, after, during and while. 

So, instead of saying, "The red house is the one the robber ran into," a preferred arrangement of the words would be, "The red house is the one into which the robber ran."

Hope this helps,