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Everyone is singular. Using Due To
Due to means "caused by" It should only be used if it can be substituted with "caused by"
It does not mean the same thing as "because of."
Incorrect: The game was postponed due to rain.
Correct: The game was postponed because of rain.
Correct: The game's postponement was due to rain. -2– Powered by TestMagic www.TestMagic.com
www.sentencecorrection.com Neither … Nor
Neither the prosecutor’s eloquent closing argument nor the mountains of incriminating evidence were
able to convince the jury to find the defendant guilty.
In neither … nor sentences, the verb has to agree with the subject following nor - in this case mountains,
which is plural. Likewise in either .. or sentences, the verb must agree with the subject following or.
When you see .. neither .. or .. nor in a sentence, see if it fits this sequence
Neither (A or B), nor C !!! also, not (A or B), nor C is fine too. So [adjective] as to [verb]
Correct: Her debts are so extreme as to threaten the future of the company
“So as” is never correct on the GMAT
Incorrect: He exercises everyday so as to build his stamina
Correct: He exercises everyday in an effort to build his stamina "Compare to" vs. "Compare with"
There are two rules which you should consider. First read the usage notes from dictionary.com:
Compare usually takes the preposition to when it refers to. the activity of describing the resemblances
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www.sentencecorrection.com • He compared her to a summer day.
• Scientists sometimes compare the human brain to a computer.
Compare takes with when it refers to the act of examining two like things in order to discern their
similarities or differences:
• The police compared the forged signature with the original.
• The committee will have to compare the Senate's version of the bill with the version that was
passed by the House.
When compare is used to mean “to liken” (one) with...
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- Fall '13
- Grammatical number, Measure word, Collective noun