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Unformatted text preview: uide – Sentence Correction 37 (6) Read your choice back into the sentence.
Remember that the GMAT test-writers will often create answer choices which are grammatically correct, but either change the
meaning of the sentence or are not stylistically the best answer. Since the GMAT tests not only grammar but also efﬁciency
and effectiveness of communication, you have to look for redundancy, ambiguity, and uncommon or confusing expressions.
Reading your choice back into the sentence will help you decide which answer communicates the meaning of the sentence
most effectively and prevent you from making careless errors. 2.2 Special Advice Sentence Correction accounts for 13-16 of the 41 questions in the verbal section of the GMAT. While you have an average of almost
2 minutes to answer each question on the verbal section, we recommend that you spend less time on each Sentence Correction
question. In fact, we recommend that you should practice getting your speed down to one minute or less!
Answering Sentence Correction questions rapidly will allow you to “bank” time in the verbal section that you can use to concentrate
on a difﬁcult reading comprehension passage or to focus on a challenging critical reasoning question. Remember that the verbal
section is the last section on the GMAT, and your endurance is likely to be fading at this point in the test. You may ﬁnd that you
need a few moments of the additional time you have saved to recover your energy to push through to the last question.
The Sentence Correction questions in the GMAT have several types of errors, most of which reoccur frequently throughout this
section of the test. A close and thorough study of Manhattan Review’s Grammar Review will help you rapidly identify and correct
these errors. We often recommend to students who are pressed for preparation time that they spend the lion’s share of their studies on
Sentence Correction. The time you spend concentrating on Sentence Correction and practicing spotting the common errors quickly
is among the most productive time you may spend studying for the GMAT.
While trying to answer each question correctly in such a short amount of time may seem daunting, practicing the steps outlined
earlier will help you answer the questions efﬁciently, effectively and most important, correctly.
Student Notes: www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Sentence Correction 2.3 38 Common Errors and Tested Topics 2.3.1 Misplaced Modiﬁers (and Dangling Participles) Modiﬁers are phrases that modify another part of the sentence. In order to be correct, the modifying phrase must be as close as
possible to what it modiﬁes. For example:
Disgusting and pus-ﬁlled, Enrico nursed his festering wound.
In this example it sounds as if Enrico is disgusting and pus-ﬁlled, rather than his wound. As soon as you read this sentence, you
should immediately realize that the correct answer choice will place disgusting and pu...
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