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www.TestMagic.com www.sentencecorrection.com Powered by TestMagic - 1 – About this document 760 GMAT!! These notes were compiled by Spiderman , a member of the TestMagic Forum and the Sentence Correction forum. The vast majority of these notes were compiled from the various postings of the TestMagic Forum members, including explanations made by Erin , but some notes were taken from other sources, including “ Spidey’s ” own notes. A large part of the document was copied from www.testmagic.com and retains the original HTML layout and format of the source. Spidey ended up scoring 760 on the GMAT !! How’s that to motivate you to study, eh?? Erin (of TestMagic ) and “ Spidey ” have agreed to share these notes in the hopes that they will help others reach their dream score. Feel free to redistribute the document freely, but please honor the original copyrights and attributions. Not/But vs. rather than From: http://www.testmagic.com/forums/showthread.php?t=213 The key here is to realize that not... but... is conjunction . We use conjunctions when we want to join things that are "linguistically equivalent." Help much? No, probably not. How about some examples? Pucci is not a dog but a cat . Not Todd but Taka will be studying with us today. I not was sad but happy to learn that Megumi was moving to Paris for abetter job. You should notice that the words in bold are "linguistically equivalent," or, as we sayin class, "parallel." Now compare one of these sentences if I try to use rather than :
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www.TestMagic.com www.sentencecorrection.com Powered by TestMagic - 2 – Pucci is a cat rather than a dog . Doesn't this sentence sound crazy? It should; the meaning is all wrong. Now, let's look at a similar sentence, one in which rather than is okay: I want a cat rather than a dog . This sentence is okay because we are expressing a preference for one thing over another thing. I need X, not Y = I need X but not Y = I need not Y but X "I need X rather than Y" does not connote "I need not Y" Targeted at is the correct idiom Targeted to is WRONG Rates for Estimated to be. 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 .
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www.TestMagic.com www.sentencecorrection.com Powered by TestMagic - 3 – 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 .
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