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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction—”it” at the Beginning of a Sentence

Hello! 🙂

Welcome to another GMAT Tuesday installment, complete with a 2-second guitar solo! This week, learn about two tricky exceptions to the “empty it” rule that might trip you up on test day.

If you have any questions about this, please leave them in the comments below.

And as usual, here’s a still of this week’s board work:
Sentence Correction—it at the Beginning of a Sentence

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11 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction—”it” at the Beginning of a Sentence

  1. Aashay November 14, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

    Thanks for the much needed video Kevin 🙂 Immensely useful !

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin Rocci November 16, 2015 at 9:11 am #

      Awesome to hear, Aashay! 😀 Happy to hear that it helped! 😀

      • Aashay December 10, 2015 at 4:34 am #

        Hi Kevin,

        It would be great if you can have a GMAT-Tuesday 🙂 on the usage of “being”!!


        • Kevin Rocci
          Kevin Rocci December 10, 2015 at 9:51 am #

          Hi Ashay! I’d be happy to do it.

          I’ll add it to the list of videos to record. 😀


  2. AD February 13, 2015 at 12:50 am #


    In the example on the board, shouldn’t the sentence be:

    It was Steve WoZ who did the significant work at apple, not steve jobs.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin February 13, 2015 at 9:20 am #

      Hi AD,

      Oh! Nice find! You are probably right! The sentence should use a “who” since we have a phrase describing Steve Woz. I probably should’ve used a different example sentence. Something like, “It was the tsunami that did irrevocable damage, not the earthquake.”

      Thanks for point that out! 😀

  3. Kevin Rocci
    Kevin October 28, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Hi Kinjal! Glad to hear that you liked the video! 😀 I am sorry to say that I can’t seem to find questions like this right now. It’s a bit hard to look for since this isn’t a concept that we organize our questions around. It might fit in with pronoun-antecedent agreement, but still, this is a much more granular concept. I would dive into the OG if you have that and look for questions that have “it” at the beginning of the sentence. Sorry that I can’t be more helpful! 🙁

    Happy Studying!

  4. Rahul Sehgal October 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm #

    Nice Video and well explained 🙂

    BTW, you do play Guitar well :). Thanks Kevin !!

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin October 19, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Thanks Rahul! 😀

      Happy Studying!

  5. Steve R October 14, 2014 at 5:54 pm #

    Hey Kevin,

    Just wanted to say thanks for making the video! While it may not be a common GMAT problem, it does underscore the GMAT makers intention of confusing testers with “easy” choice elimination.


    Steve R
    Study week 2
    Test on January 30th

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin October 15, 2014 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Steve!

      You are very welcome! I completely agree with you too! The test makers are out to confuse us all! 😀

      Happy studying and best of luck on your upcoming test!

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