ACT English Tutorial
Usage "Grammar" Skills
The writing rules tested on the ACT can be grouped into two categories: Usage and Rhetoric. Usage skills are what you classically call “Grammar Rules,” such as punctuation, subject/verb agreement, and verb tenses. Let’s look at an example usage question commonly found on the ACT.
“In spite of” is a common phrase that means “despite” or “regardless of.” Putting another preposition in its place changes the meaning and/or causes it to function differently.
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