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1

I value my ABILITY TO SING.

** ABILITY

Right

(Note: I CAN SING is preferred to I HAVE THE ABILITY TO SING.)

2

l value my ABILITY OF SINGING.

** ABILITY

Wrong

3

I value my ABILITY FOR SINGING.

** ABILITY

Wrong

4

I value the ABILITY FOR me TO SING.

** ABILITY

Wrong

5

The bay ACTED AS a funnel for the tide.

ACT

Right

(= functioned as)

6

My friend ACTED LIKE a fool.

ACT

Right

(= behaved in a similar manner)

7

The bay ACTED LIKE a funnel for the tide.

ACT

Suspect

Note: #66 in The Official Guide, 13th Edition tests this idiom. The explanation claims that ACT LIKE must be used only with people. This claim is contradicted by other published problems. The way to resolve this issue is to ask whether the author intends metaphorical comparison (= LIKE) or actual function (= AS). If “actual function” is
possible, use AS.

8

The new rules will AFFECT our performance.

AFFECT/EFFECT

Right

9

The new rules will HAVE AN EFFECT ON our performance.

AFFECT/EFFECT

Suspect

This construction is wordier

10

The new rules will CAUSE AN EFFECT ON our performance.

AFFECT/EFFECT

Wrong

11

AFTER the gold rush, the mining town collapsed.

AFTER

Right

12

FOLLOWING the gold rush, the mining town collapsed.

AFTER

Suspect

(ambiguous)

13

His behavior AGGRAVATED the problem.

AGGRAVATE

Right

(= made worse)

14

His behavior WAS AGGRAVATING TO the problem.

AGGRAVATE

Wrong

(= was annoying to)

15

They AGREE THAT electrons EXIST.

AGREE

Right

16

Electrons are particles THAT physicists AGREE EXIST.

AGREE

Right

17

There is AGREEMENT AMONG them THAT electrons exist.

AGREE

Suspect

18

They AGREE electrons EXIST.

AGREE

Suspect

(AGREE THAT is preferred)

19

Electrons are particles THAT physicists AGREE ON AS EXISTING.

AGREE

Suspect

20

There is AGREEMENT AMONG them TO THE FACT THAT electrons exist

AGREE

Wrong

21

Electrons are particles physicists AGREE THAT EXIST.

AGREE

Wrong

22

Electrons are particles physicists AGREE TO EXIST

AGREE

Wrong

23

She AIDS her neighbor.

AID

Right

24

She provides AID TO victims. AID FOR victims is available.

AID

Right

25

Her AID IN WALKING the dog was appreciated.

AID

Right

26

Her AID TO WALK the dog was appreciated.

AID

Wrong

27

We adopted new procedures AIMED AT REDUCING theft.

AIM

Right

28

We adopted new procedures WITH THE AIM OF REDUCING theft.

AIM

Right

29

We adopted new policies, THE AIM OF WHICH was TO REDUCE theft.

AIM

Suspect

30

We adopted new policies WITH THE AIM TO REDUCE theft.

AIM

Wrong