TSI Writing Practice Test

Try our free TSI Writing practice test. This is a fully interactive practice exam that includes detailed explanations for each answer. The TSI Writing test has four content areas: (1) Essay Revision (2) Agreement (3) Sentence Structure (4) Sentence Logic. This content is tested with three different types of questions, which makes it a bit more challenging. Take our TSI Writing practice test to ensure that you are fully prepared.

Directions for questions 1-7: An early draft of an essay is presented. Read the essay and then choose the best answer to each of the questions.

Directions for questions 8-14: A portion of each sentence is underlined. Select the best version of the sentence. Answer (A) is always the same as the original sentence.

Directions for questions 14-20: Figure out the best way to rewrite each sentence. The new sentence must be written correctly and retain the meaning of the original sentence.

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Question 1
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

In context, which of the following sentences would best be inserted after sentence 3?

A
The Hughes XF-11, a prototype military reconnaissance aircraft was designed by him for the USAF.
B
He directed the 1943 Western film, The Outlaw, which starred Jane Russell.
C
The concept for what would become the “Spruce Goose” was originally conceived by the industrialist Henry Kaiser, but Kaiser dropped out of the project early.
D
In 1939, he quietly purchased a majority share of TWA stock for nearly US$7 million and took control of the airline.
Question 1 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). The first three sentences of the passage give background information on Howard Hughes and his interest in aviation. Another sentence in this paragraph should deal with the same type of information. (A) is tempting, but this information doesn’t make as much sense with the timeline of events in the passage.
Question 2
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

In context, which of the following is the best way to revise and combine sentences 2 and 3 (reproduced below)?

He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

A
He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937, he broke the transcontinental flight-time record, and then he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes in 1938.
B
Howard Hughes personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and broke the transcontinental flight-time record in 1937, and in 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.
C
He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record, and in 1938 he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.
D
Howard Hughes personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record; and in 1938, flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.
Question 2 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). This is the clearest, most concise option. (B) and (D) unnecessarily repeat the name “Howard Hughes.” It’s less clunky if we just replace it with the pronoun “he.” (A) unnecessarily repeats the word “he” and is awkwardly constructed.
Question 3
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

In context, which is the best revision to sentence 5 (reproduced below)?

Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

A
Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood, since there were wartime restrictions on steel, laminating the wood with plastic and covering it with fabric; it had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.
B
Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes did decide to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and did cover it with fabric, and it had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.
C
Powered by eight giant propeller engines and with a wingspan of 320 feet, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered it with fabric, all because of wartime restrictions on steel.
D
Powered by eight giant propeller engines and with a wingspan of 320 feet, his aircraft was built out of wood laminated with plastic and covered it with fabric, and not steel, because of wartime restrictions on them.
Question 3 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). As written, the sentence contains the incorrect plural pronoun “they.” It should be “it” since it refers to the singular antecedent “aircraft.” Hughes only built one “Spruce Goose,” not multiple planes. In addition, by splitting the long sentence into two independent clauses and separating them with a comma, the overall flow of the sentence is improved. The verb tenses in (B) are awkward, and (C) creates a modification error since “Hughes” is not logically “powered by eight giant propeller engines.” (D) also includes an incorrect plural pronoun, “them.”
Question 4
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

In context, where would the following sentence best be placed?

This project came to be known as the “Spruce Goose.”

A
After sentence 2
B
After sentence 5
C
After sentence 6
D
After sentence 8
Question 4 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Hughes’ work on the project is first mentioned in sentence 5, and then sentence 6 gives us the name “Spruce Goose” for the first time. Logically, a sentence introducing its name should come before sentence 6.
Question 5
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

What phrase should be added to the beginning of sentence 10 in order to create the best transition?

A
Thus, Hughes and his team continued to work harder than ever, and
B
Nonetheless the public had a profoundly negative impact on the project, since
C
Although Howard Hughes was primarily a film producer,
D
Despite its successful maiden flight,
Question 5 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). The previous paragraph discusses the successful trial of the Spruce Goose, and then sentence 10 discusses why the Spruce Goose was never fully realized. A transition phrase linking these two ideas with a contrasting word such as “despite” would be the best fit. (B) places undue blame for the project’s failure on the public, but that is not supported anywhere else in the passage. (C) contains irrelevant information, and (A) does not provide an appropriate contrasting transition phrase.
Question 6
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

In context, where would the following sentence best be placed?

The concept for what would become the “Spruce Goose” was originally conceived by the industrialist Henry Kaiser, but Kaiser dropped out of the project early, leaving Hughes and his small team to make the H-4 a reality.

A
Paragraph 1
B
Paragraph 2
C
Paragraph 3
D
Paragraph 4
Question 6 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). This sentence is providing more background information on the origin of the “Spruce Goose” and how Howard Hughes became involved. It best fits in the second paragraph, since it contains similar information.
Question 7
(1) Howard Hughes was a successful Hollywood movie producer when he founded the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932. (2) He personally tested cutting-edge aircraft of his own design and in 1937 broke the transcontinental flight-time record. (3) In 1938, he flew around the world in a record three days, 19 hours, and 14 minutes.

(4) Following the U.S. entrance into World War II in 1941, the U.S. government commissioned the Hughes Aircraft Company to build a large flying boat capable of carrying men and materials over long distances. (5) Because of wartime restrictions on steel, Hughes decided to build his aircraft out of wood laminated with plastic and covered with fabric, and they had a wingspan of 320 feet and was powered by eight giant propeller engines.

(6) Development of the Spruce Goose cost a phenomenal $23 million and took so long that the war had ended by the time of its completion in 1946. (7) The aircraft had many detractors, and Congress demanded that Hughes prove the plane airworthy. (8) On November 2, 1947, Hughes obliged, taking the prototype out into Long Beach Harbor, CA for an unannounced flight test. (9) Thousands of onlookers had come to watch the aircraft taxi on the water and were surprised when Hughes lifted his wooden behemoth 70 feet above the water and flew for a mile before landing.

(10) The Spruce Goose never went into production, primarily because critics alleged that its wooden framework was insufficient to support its weight during long flights. (11) Nevertheless, Howard Hughes, who became increasingly eccentric and withdrawn after 1950, refused to neglect what he saw as his greatest achievement in the aviation field. (12) From 1947 until his death in 1976, he kept the Spruce Goose prototype ready for flight in an enormous, climate-controlled hangar at a cost of $1 million per year. (13) Today, the Spruce Goose is housed at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

*Source: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/spruce-goose-flies

Which of the following sentences from the passage could best be deleted without losing too much essential information?

A
Sentence 3
B
Sentence 7
C
Sentence 10
D
Sentence 12
Question 7 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). The last sentence of the first paragraph simply offers another fact of Hughes’ interest in aviation. It is extremely similar to sentence 2 and does not contain information that is relevant to the story of the “Spruce Goose.” If it were deleted, the passage wouldn’t lose any essential information about the “Spruce Goose.” Each of the other sentences relate too much to that topic to be able to be easily omitted.
Question 8
To swim, to jog, and spinning are my aunt’s favorite ways of maintaining her health.

A
To swim, to jog, and spinning
B
To swim, to jog, and spin
C
Swimming, jogging, and to spin
D
Swimming, jogging, and spinning
Question 8 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). Each of the verbs in this option are in the same, parallel form (the “-ing” verb form). The other choices do not have all three verbs in the same form. Answer (B) comes close, but is incorrect as a result of the word “to” before the final verb, “spin.” Additionally, since we are treating the verbs as subjects, they should be in the gerund format (-ing).
Question 9
Returning to his old job, everything there looked the same as John remembered.

A
Returning to his old job,
B
As he was returning to his old job,
C
When he returned to his old job,
D
To have returned to his old job,
Question 9 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). This answer matches the past verb tense of “looked” later in the sentence. Answer (A) contains a subject-verb mismatch. Answers (B) and (D) contain incorrect tenses.
Question 10
Mount Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano in Tanzania, being the highest mountain in Africa.

A
being the highest
B
and is the highest
C
higher than any
D
the most high
Question 10 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). The word “being” is passive voice and unnecessary for this sentence. Since the first clause uses the simple present tense verb “is,” the second clause should mirror this simple expression: the mountain IS….and IS…. The other choices are unclear or grammatically incorrect.
Question 11
I was alarmed by the noise looking through the window to see who was outside.

A
I was alarmed by the noise looking
B
The noise alarmed me, looking
C
I was alarmed by the noise, looked
D
Alarmed by the noise, I looked
Question 11 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). This is the only answer choice that correctly matches subject and verb. In all the other answers, the verb “look” is applied to the noise when it should be applied to the speaker.
Question 12
Scientists have found evidence that acid rain was a major cause of the largest extinction on Earth 250 million years ago.

A
Scientists have found evidence that acid rain was a major cause of the largest extinction
B
The largest extinction, caused by acid rain, was found by scientists to have happened
C
Scientists have been finding evidence that acid rain is being a major cause of the largest extinction
D
The largest extinction, which was found by scientists happening, could have been a major cause
Question 12 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). This answer is the most concise. Answer (B) splits up scientists and extinction, which confuses the meaning. Answer (C) has an incorrect tense- “is being.” Answer (D) changes the verb of happening from extinction to the scientists.
Question 13
Rushing to the scene, the frightened cat was stuck high in the tree and had to be pulled down by the firemen.

A
the frightened cat was stuck high in the tree and had to be pulled down by the firemen.
B
the cat that was frightened and stuck high in the tree was pulled down by the firemen.
C
the firemen had to pull down the frightened cat that was stuck high in the tree.
D
the firemen pulled down the frightened cat and were stuck high in the tree.
Question 13 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). This sentence begins with an opening modifying phrase, “rushing to the scene.” Whatever comes after the comma must be the person doing the action of the phrase. Ask yourself: who is rushing to the scene? Logically, it is the firemen, not the cat! Only (C) corrects this error without introducing an additional error.
Question 14
For a lizard, losing their tail in an accident is not detrimental to their health since they can grow back.

A
their tail in an accident is not detrimental to their health since they
B
its tail in an accident is not detrimental to its health since it
C
their tails in an accident is not detrimental to their healths since they
D
its tails in an accident is not detrimental to its health since they
Question 14 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Since “a lizard” refers to only one lizard, the pronouns that replace it should be singular. “Their” and “they” are incorrectly plural. The pronouns should be “its” and “it.” The other answer choices all contain incorrect plural pronouns.
Question 15
Although the horse is easily startled by sudden noises, it can be trained to ignore distractions and remain calm even in parades.

Rewrite, beginning with

The horse is easily startled by sudden noises,...

The next words will be

A
but it can be trained
B
and it will be trained
C
even if it were trained
D
nevertheless being trained
Question 15 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (A). This maintains the contrast in the sentence. Answer (D) has contrast, but is not correct to place after a comma- it needs its own sentence.
Question 16
It began to snow, and all the children ran outside to build a snowman.

Rewrite, beginning with

All the children ran outside to build a snowman...

The next words will be

A
it began to snow
B
since it did snow
C
because it had begun to snow
D
as snowing had begun
Question 16 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (C). The word “because” clearly shows the best meaning between the ideas in the sentence. It explains WHY all the children ran outside. (D) also does this, but its construction is awkward. (B) makes it sound like the snowing happened before the children built their snowman. Logically, the snow falling was the impetus for the children to run outside.
Question 17
After a five mile hike, the couple felt in need of a break.

Rewrite, beginning with

The couple felt in need of a break...

The next words will be

A
and they hiked for five miles
B
despite having hiked for five miles
C
hiking for five miles
D
after hiking for five miles
Question 17 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). This answer is correct because it explains WHY the couple needed the break: they hiked for five miles.
Question 18
Mary didn’t notice much bass guitar in the rock song when she heard the band’s encore.

Rewrite, beginning with

Hearing the band’s encore,...

The next words will be

A
there wasn’t much bass guitar noticed by Mary in the rock song
B
the rock song Mary heard didn’t have much bass guitar
C
bass guitar wasn’t noticed in the rock song by Mary
D
Mary didn’t notice much bass guitar in the rock song
Question 18 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). This is the only option that makes it clear WHO is hearing the encore. By placing “Mary” directly after the comma, the meaning of the sentence becomes clear and concise. The other options are wordier and/or written in a passive construction.
Question 19
The interior design motif of shabby chic has popularized the look of French country cottage chic: rose-themed patterns, crystal lighting fixtures, and distressed antiques.

Rewrite, beginning with

Popularizing the look of French country cottage chic,...

The next words will be

A
rose-themed patterns
B
crystal lighting fixtures
C
distressed antiques
D
the interior design motif
Question 19 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (D). The other choices are all individual elements of the interior design motif of shabby chic. Each of them individually has not popularized the look of French cottage chic. Rather, it is shabby chic as a whole that has had this effect, according to the meaning of the original sentence.
Question 20
If our community gathered together and agreed to curb our water usage, then we would not suffer so much from the effects of the drought.

Rewrite, beginning with

By curbing our water usage,...

The next words will be

A
then we
B
our community
C
the effects
D
the drought
Question 20 Explanation: 
The correct answer is (B). Who or what is “curbing” the water usage? From the original sentence, we know it is the “community.” We must have that word appear after the comma in the new sentence to preserve the original meaning. Only (B) does this.
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