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SAT Writing 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. This is the only type of grammar “rule” tested on the SAT for which it is ever ok to rely on your ear.

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, keep the following in mind:

Anytime you have a preposition in the underlined portion of an Error ID or Improving Sentences question, make sure it is idiomatically correct.


Identify the error in the sentence below:

Answer and Explanation

  1. The correct answer is D. The correct way to write the idiom is “hang of it.”

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