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As we cover the last type of question on the verbal section of the GMAT, keep in mind that each of these sections/components should be equally studied. Because you never know which type of question you'll be getting! So be prepared by reading these lessons, doing the practice tests!
Don't worry Julie Andrews, we'll cover it all!
Tell me more about these sentence corrections!
Well, sentence corrections make up about one-third of the verbal questions on the GMAT, so you'll probably see around 16 questions throughout the section in random order.
|It will be in the form of a long sentence partially or completely underlined. Your job is to figure out whether or not the underlined part of sentence needs to be revised or changed in order to make it grammatically correct.|
Read these now so you won't waste valuable time when you're in the exam…
Directions: Each sentence correction question refers to a sentence, a portion or all of which has been underlined. If you think the sentence is correct as written, pick the first answer choice, which simply repeats the underlined portion exactly. If you think there is something wrong with the sentence as written, choose the answer choice that best replaces the underlined portion of the sentence.
Sentence correction questions are designed to measure your correct use of grammar, you ability to form clear and effective sentences and your capability to choose the most appropriate words. Pick the answer that best states what was meant in the original sentence while adhering to the requirements of standard written English. Avoid constructions that are awkward, unclear, or redundant.
Whew..ok so now that you've read the very official instructions, let's go over ways in which you can look at the questions to analysis and answer them sufficiently.
You read above that the test markers are looking for the "best" answer which translates to the "most correct". One of the things that some people get hung up on is that the correct answer is not always the one that sounds like it would be the most correct answer. This is because we may not use the very most correct versions of sentences in our language from day to day.
|The Little Things
And then I don't feel so bad… The important thing about spotting errors in your sentence correction questions is to realize that it's all about a process of elimination. If you can spot the error and eliminate the other questions you'll be golden!
Choice A is something to look out for. It becomes the choice that makes the sentence as you read it the most correct answer. This can get confusing if answers following seem not very different at all. Look out for little things in the grammar. Here are some common sentence mistakes to look out for…
|A tip: Don't get hung up on what the sentence SOUNDS like. This may not be the most correct answer. Don't pick an answer based on if it sounds better, pick it because it looks grammatically correct. In these tests you have to be specific and read the sentences critically skimming for mistakes.|
Something to look out for is a question that you know right off the bat has a mistake, and so you just pick a quick way to correct it. But, what could happen is in the process, add another part in which makes the sentence wrong again by adding an additional error. Don't just pick the answer that fixes the initial problem, pick the answer that fixes the initial, and doesn't add anything else to make it wrong yet again.
|Take the Approach, any
You Know the Flaw
As I've mentioned before, a great strategy is to take into consideration the process of elimination. You can do this by…
|Well, I Don't Know the Flaw, Now
You might be asking, well, what if I..don't see the grammatical flaw? It may be a bit harder, but there is a way. Skip step one!
Now go frollick! Use your new skills and put them to
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