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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:17 PM

Post by Tim Zhang on November 25, 2013

sorry, could you explain a example sentence's grammar to me? "Grace laments spending so much time watching cats video when she should have been studying SAT". I am certainly believe this is a great sentence, but I just can't get it.

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Last reply by: Tim Zhang
Mon Nov 25, 2013 6:03 PM

Post by Jesus Bernal on April 5, 2013

on number 71 paradox the example you use is my birthday too!!

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:37 AM

Post by Rajendran Rajaram on February 27, 2013

I am reading a book called Mokingbird. My friends says that Mokingbird is a terrible. Is Mokingbird a terrible book.

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 8

  • paradox
    • (n) a contradiction, a puzzle, an inconsistency
    • Connected to paradoxical
    • Frederic’s age is a paradox; because he was born on February 29, he is twenty-one years old but has celebrated only five birthdays.
  • vigor
    • (n) active strength or force, intensity; healthy physical or mental energy, vitality
    • Connected to vigorous
    • Even off the field, the Olympic athlete was full of vigor.
  • obscure
    • (adj) not clear to the understanding; ambiguous or vague; not easily noticed; inconspicuous
    • Connected to obscurity
    • We finally found the missing book in an obscurecorner of the library.
  • proximity
    • (n) nearness in place, time, or relation
    • Connected to approximate
    • Working in such close proximity, Nick and Allison became very good friends during their first year at the company.
  • mitigate
    • (v) to make or become less severe, intense, or painful
    • Connected to mitigation
    • Ice can mitigatethe pain of a sprained ankle.
  • egotism
    • (n) excessive reference to oneself; self-centeredness
    • Connected to egotist and egotistical
    • Alexander the Great’s egotismwas legendary; he named several cities after himself and one after his horse!
  • legitimate
    • (adj) according to law; in accordance with established rules and standards; valid, logical; justified
    • Connected to legitimacy
    • The legitimateheir to the throne became king after his father died.
  • contemporary
    • (adj) existing, occurring, or living at the same time
    • Connected to contemporaries
    • Christopher Marlowe was an Elizabethan playwright who was contemporarywith William Shakespeare.
  • lament
    • (v) to express grief or regret (for or over); a vocal expression of grief
    • Connected to lamentableand lamentation
    • Grace lamentsspending so much time watching cat videos when she should have been studying for the SAT.
  • duplicitous
    • (adj) deceitful, dishonest, two-faced, deliberately deceptive
    • Connected to duplicity, duplicate, and dupe
    • My duplicitousfriend pretended to keep my secrets when in fact she was telling them to everyone else at school.
  • Recommended supplementary material to view SAT questions featured in lesson answer guides: The Official SAT Study Guide by the College Board.

Essential SAT Vocab: Part 8

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:13
  • Ways to Improve Your Vocabulary 0:38
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  • Paradox 1:34
  • Vigor 2:29
  • Obscure 2:49
  • Proximity 3:25
  • Mitigate 3:58
  • Egotism 4:34
  • Legitimate 5:06
  • Contemporary 5:56
  • Lament 6:49
  • Duplicitous 8:09