MR-Sentence-Correction-Guide

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Unformatted text preview: ing similar projects, and a large employee base - all of whom are necessary (D) the financial wherewithal, vast experience undertaking similar projects, and can use our large employee base necessary (E) the financial wherewithal, vast experience undertaking similar projects, and can use our large employee base since they are necessary www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction 2.3.5 43 Comparisons Comparisons are a first cousin of Parallelism. Frequently a sentence with a comparison will appear at first glance to be correct but will actually compare two or more elements which are not expressed in similar form. For example: The judge of the baking contest liked the pastry Sally made better than Bob. In this sentence, the judge is evaluating the comparative merits of Sally’s pastry and Bob himself. Put it in another way, he is comparing Sally’s pastry to Bob, rather than comparing Sally’s pastry to Bob’s pastry. The correct way of expressing the idea is thus: The judge of the baking contest liked Sally’s pastry better than Bob’s. Signals • Key words such as than, like, unlike, as, compared to, more than, and less than should alert you to check what is being compared in the sentence. Another example Unlike its competitors, Globex and MondoCorp, the revenues of Galactic Enterprises increased by cornering the widget market in the fourth quarter, thus making Galactic Enterprises the world’s most profitable company and a darling of Wall Street. (A) its competitors, Globex and MondoCorp, the revenues of Galactic Enterprises increased by cornering the widget market in the fourth quarter, thus making (B) Globex and MondoCorp, its competitors, the revenues of Galactic Enterprises increased by cornering the widget market in the fourth quarter, thus making (C) its competitors, Globex and MondoCorp, Galactic Enterprises increased its revenues by cornering the widget market in the fourth quarter, by making (D) Globex and MondoCorp, its competitors, Galactic Enterprises increased its revenues by cornering the widget market in the fourth quarter, thus making (E) its competitors, Globex and MondoCorp, the revenues of Galactic Enterprises cornered the widget market in the fourth quarter, thus making www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction 2.3.6 44 Pronoun Agreement & Reference Errors regarding pronouns fall into two broad categories: agreement and reference. Agreement Pronouns must agree with their antecedents in person, number and gender. If the antecedent is third person singular male, then the pronoun must be third person singular male as well. For example: In recent years, Fred has tried to lose its excess weight through numerous diets. The correct sentence would read: In recent years, Fred has tried to lose his excess weight through numerous diets. Reference Pronoun reference errors occur when ambiguity exists as to t...
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