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Unformatted text preview: 5.0 Sentence Correction Sentence correction questions appear in the Verbal section of the GMAT examThe Verbal section uses multiple-choice questions to measure your ability to read and comprehend written materialto reason and evaluate arguments and to correct written material to conform to standard written EnglishBecause the Verbal section includes passages from several different content areas you may be generally familiar with some of the material however, neither the passages nor the questions assume detailed knowledge of the topics discussed Sentence correction questions are intermingled with critical reasoning and reading comprehension questions throughout the Verbal section of the examYou will have 75 minutes to complete the Verbal sectionor about 1minutes to answer each question Sentence correction questions present a statement in which words are underlinedThe questions ask you to select from the answer options the best expression of the idea or relationship described in the underlined sectionThe first answer choice always repeats the original phrasingWhereas the other four provide alternativesIn some casesthe original phrasing is the best choiceIn other casesthe underlined section has obvious or subtle errors that require correctionThese questions require you to be familiar with the stylistic conventions and grammatical rules of standard written English and to demonstrate your ability to improve incorrect or ineffective expressions You should begin these questions by reading the sentence carefullyNote whether there are any obvious grammatical errors as you read the underlined sectionThen read the five answer choices carefullyIf there was a subtle error you did not recognize the first time you read the sentenceit may become apparent after you have read the answer choices If the error is still unclear, see whether you can eliminate some of the answers as being incorrect Remember that in some casesthe original selection may be the best answer 51 Basic English Grammar Rules Sentence correction questions ask you to recognize and potentially correct at least one of the following grammar rulesHowever, these rules are not exhaustiveIf you are interested in learning more about English grammar as a way to prepare for the GMAT examthere are several resources available on the Web Agreement Standard English requires elements within a sentence to be consistent There are two types of agreementnoun-verb and pronoun Noun-verb agreement"Singular subjects take singular verbswhereas plural subjects take plural verbs Examples" CorrectI walk to the storeIncorrectI walks to the store CorrectWe go to schoo1IncorrectWe goes to schoo1 CorrectThe number of residents has grownIncorrectThe number of residents have grown CorrectThe masses have spokenIncorrectThe masses has spoken...
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course PHYSICS 321 taught by Professor M during the Spring '11 term at Jordan University of Science & Tech.
- Spring '11