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Test PrepACTEnglishIdioms

ACT English Skill Review: Idioms

An idiom is a word or expression that cannot be taken literally.

For example:

He pulled the wool over my eyes.

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!), there are no rules to learn about idioms. They either sound right, or they don’t.

The most common idiom errors you’ll come across are preposition errors. For example, it would be incorrect to say, “He pulled the wool across my eyes.” For this reason, anytime you have a preposition in an underlined portion on the ACT English test, make sure it is idiomatically correct.


Identify the error in the sentence below:
  1. If you keep practicing the oboe, you’ll eventually get the hang for it.

    1. NO CHANGE
    2. get a hang for it
    3. get a hang of it
    4. get the hang of it

Answer and Explanation

  1. The correct answer is D. The correct way to write the idiom is "get the hang of it."


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