9.8 Sentence Correction

9.8 Sentence Correction - 9.8 Sentence Correction Answer...

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The following discussion of sentence correction is intended to familiarize you with the most efficient and effective approaches to these kinds of questions. The particular questions in this chapter are generally representative of the kinds of sentence correction questions you will encounter on the GMAT. 1. Although a surge in retail sales have raised hopes that there is a recovery finally underway, many economists say that without a large amount of spending the recovery might not last. A) have raised hopes that there is a recovery finally B) raised hopes for there being a recovery finally C) had raised hopes for a recovery finally being D) has raised hopes that a recovery is finally E) raised hopes for a recovery finally Agreement + Rhetorical construction The subject of the first clause, the singular noun surge, must take the singular verb has raised rather than the plural have raised; the context of the sentence demonstrates that the verb tense must show action continuing into the present, as the use of the present perfect does here. There is may frequently be omitted to create a more concise sentence, and that is the case here: a recovery is finally . .. is a better construction. A Subject and verb do not agree; there is is wordy B Raised is the wrong verb tense;for there being is awkward and wordy C Had raised is the wrong verb tense;for . .. being is awkward and wordy D Correct. In this sentence, the subject and verb agree, and the verb is in the appropriate tense; a recovery is finally is clear and concise. E Raised, indicating completed action, is the wrong verb tense;for a recovery finally is awkward and ungrammatical The correct answer is D. 2. Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history, maybe none is more concentrated as the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto American shores in little more than three decades. A)maybe none is more concentrated as B)it may be that none is more concentrated as C)perhaps it is none that is more concentrated than D)maybe it is none that was more concentrated than E)perhaps none was more concentrated than Idiom + Verb form This sentence depends on the comparative structure x is more than y. Here, an idiomatically incorrect construction x (none) is more as y (the wave) is used. In addition, the second part of the sentence uses the past tense verb brought, indicating that the event is over. The verb used in the comparative construction must also be past tense, x (none) was more concentrated than y (the wave). Maybe and perhaps are interchangeable; perhaps is slightly more formal. A Incorrect idiom is used for comparison; is concentrated is the wrong tense B Incorrect idiom is used for comparison; it may be that is wordy C It is none that is more . .. is a wordy and ungrammatical construction D It is none that was more . .. is a wordy and ungrammatical construction E Correct. The correct comparative construction is used in this sentence; the verb is past tense. The correct answer is E.
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course FIN 132 taught by Professor Afda during the Spring '12 term at Centenary College New Jersey.

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9.8 Sentence Correction - 9.8 Sentence Correction Answer...

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