SAT Tip: Avoid The Word “Being”

SATHere’s a big secret about the SAT Writing Multiple-Choice section: the word “being” is almost always incorrect! There are certain phrases on the SAT that are typically unacceptable on the SAT Writing multiple-choice section. “Being” is one of these, and is almost always incorrect on the SAT.

The following SAT example demonstrates how avoiding “being” can help solve questions on the SAT Writing section. For this type of question, the goal is to correct the grammatical mistake (if there is one) in the underlined portion.

 

Question: 

Many experts believe that in regions near the North Pole, people’s not being exposed to the sun during the long winter, this can cause a Vitamin D deficiency.

(A) people’s not being exposed to the sun during the long winter, this

(B)  people’s not being exposed to the sun during the long winter

(C)  for people to not be exposed to the sun during the long winter, it

(D) the lack of being exposed to the sun during the long winter

(E)  the lack of exposure to the sun during the long winter

Because we now know the word “being” is almost always incorrect on the SAT, we know that the original sentence is probably not the right answer.

Eliminate answer choices (A), (B), and (D) because all of these options use the word “being”. And eliminate answer choice (C) because it introduces the unidentified pronoun “it”.

Circle answer choice (E) because it is the only option that avoids using the word “being” and does not introduce any unidentified pronouns.

Answer: (E)

Make sure you remember that “being” is almost always incorrect in order to ace the SAT Writing section!

Shaan Patel is the Director of SAT programs at Veritas Prep, the author of McGraw-Hill’s best-selling book SAT 2400 in Just 7 Steps, and the owner of a perfect SAT score.

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