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Writing: Setting Up Ideas — Video Lesson

Writing: Grammar

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which phrase most effectively sets up the examples in the second part of the sentence all right just from the phrase sets up we can tell this is a setting up ideas question there will be two to three of these on your sat now the best most effective setup is the one that best introduces a new idea those ideas usually take the form of examples comparisons or quotes your job in a question like this is to pick the choice that best prepares the reader for what's coming so let's go back to the question right this is question three and we want to know about the examples in the second half of the sentence right this sentence here so what are those examples okay they don't require physical storage space they don't need to be photocopied and collated and they are less likely to be physically misplaced what's the they looks like electronic medical records so for setups questions we recommend that you identify the purpose of the information that you're setting up in other words what's the point that the examples comparisons or quotes are supporting so electronic medical records don't require physical storage space they don't need to be photocopied and they're harder to lose than i assume paper medical records these seem like good things so i'm going to give a little positive by each one they don't need that they don't need to be photocopied and collated and they're harder to lose so i'm gonna go through the choices and see if they're broadly positive or negative anything that isn't positive i can discard so okay so choice a no change regrettably well that's negative right off the bat regrettably electronic medical records require infrastructure that can be expensive to build okay so yeah that's a negative choice i don't think this sets up our positive examples choice b electronic health records provide many advantages over paper ones that's positive i bet this is our answer choice c researchers have weighed the benefits and drawbacks of electronic health records well that's both negative and positive at the same time so that doesn't set up our list of positive examples and finally choice d typically electronic health records need a full-time staff to maintain them this doesn't seem to introduce a list and the existence of a full-time staff is kind of neutral maybe a question mark or an equal sign that's not a plus or a negative it just is i feel confident that b is my answer the examples are all positive and choice b sets up a list of advantages so there we go b is our answer let's review strategy for questions like these once you've identified that you're looking at a setting up ideas question first identify what's being set up is it an example a quote a comparison and then ask yourself what's the point the paragraph will be making a larger point so if you can put that point in your own words great finally eliminate choices that don't match here we matched positive examples to a positive setup but this plus minus strategy may not always work in other cases you might be asked to provide a setup for some other type of information for example if you're asked to set up a quotation you might need a setup that introduces the person who's being quoted what's most important is that both the setup and the information that follows contain similar ideas and work together to say something that makes sense in the context of the passage figuring out what has been set up or what that setup is trying to do will lead you to the answer good luck out there you've got this