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f. No verb should be missing in a sentence.
g. Subject and verb should ALWAYS be in agreement.
The number of
(as well as, combined with, etc) Plural
A number of
(verb agrees with nearer subject)
none, all, any, some
(depends on context; pay attention to the object after “of”)
(depends on context)
(Singular when referring to the total group; plural when referred to many individual members of the group) 2.5.3 Verb Tense, Voice & Mood Please remember to avoid:
a. Inconsistent tense
b. Passive voice
c. Incorrect use of verbs in the subjunctive mood 2.5.4 Parallelism Please pay attention to the inconsistent use of:
b. Phrases (verb phrases, noun phrases, prepositional phrases, adjective phrases, etc.)
d. Inﬁnitives (If an inﬁnitive is repeated once in a list, it must be repeated each time.) www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction 53 Wrong
I like to jog, swim and to run.
I like to jog, to swim and to run.
(Occasionally acceptable: I like to jog, swim and run.) 2.5.5 Comparisons Please pay attention to the use of:
a. Like vs. As vs. Such As
b. As Old As vs. Older Than
c. Illogical Comparison
d. Ambiguous Comparison 2.5.6 Pronoun Agreement & Reference Please remember:
a. Antecedent and pronoun should be in agreement.
b. No ambiguity with antecedent
c. No missing antecedent
d. Use of the relative pronoun should be correct
• Which is for things only; Who/Whom for people only
• Who vs Whom – nominative vs. objective case forms.
• They/them is not correct as a singular pronoun, nor is it correct as a pronoun with no antecedent. 2.5.7 Idioms, Usage and Style Here are some selected examples of common words and phrases tested on the GMAT.
and The same to
The more as to
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Better served by
Both 54 than by
but also and Different from
Either (not “than” or “to”) or Neither nor Whether to do something or not
They do not know x or y (NOT x nor y)
At the urging of somebody
Between (2) vs Among (> 2)
Affect (verb) vs Effect (noun)
Assure (give an assurance) vs Ensure (make sure something happens) vs Insure (ﬁnancially guarantee)
Equivalent in number (vs “as many as people”)
A number of (not “numbers of”)
Whether vs. If - “I had to decide whether”, not “I had to decide if”
Whether is typically used to introduce doubt regarding two equal possibilities or two alternatives.
We should try to have a dinner with them whether it’s snowing or not.
He wonders whether it’s worth the try.
She said she’d get here whether by train or by ﬂight.
It is preferred to use “whether” over “if” when the word “if” is not used to signal a condition an...
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