Spidey-SC-Sentence-Correction-Notes

One tenth of a dollar is ten cents a dime is ten

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Unformatted text preview: This pen is a bargain because it is only ten cents. Okay, got it yet? Let's work backward. The last sentence is incorrect because it is incorrectly saying that the pen and the ten cents are the same thing; a pen cannot be ten cents; it can be a writing instrument, it can be a bargain, it can even be a weapon in some cases, but it cannot be ten cents. One-tenth of a dollar is ten cents, a dime is ten cents, but a pen is not. Are you getting it? Probably, but since I've already started, please let me finish... Okay, now let's look at the immigration sentence: The greatest change in my life was when I immigrated to the US. This sentence means that "change" and "when I immigrated..." are the same thing; they in fact are not. Like I said, this is a classic mistake, and the classic correction is: The greatest change in my life occurred/happened when I immigrated to the US. (Do you see where I'm heading now???) So, in our original question, E says: - 10 – Powered by TestMagic www.TestMagic.com www.sentencecorrection.com The camel's domestication was around the twelfth century B.C.... GMAT cleverly hides this mistake by using "to have been" instead of a simple beverb, but "to have been" is one of the many variants of was, were, is, are, am, etc. The funny thing is that GMAT uses the classic correction as well: domestication... occurred... when... Finally, I just have to comment: I imagine that if GMAT had to explain this grammar point, they would say in their typical, cryptic fashion something like this: E incorrectly uses an adverb clause as the noun complement of the subject "domestication." Okay, what have we learned??? This: NOUN + BE-VERB + NOUN/ADJECTIVE For example: The change was good for me. The change was a good one for me. The change was an important step for me in my life. BUT NEVER The change was when I came to the US. In other words, noun complements (the words that come after a be-verb and modify nouns) should only be nouns or adjectives (although we often use adverbs when we want to describe locat...
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