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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction — “to lie” vs. “to lay”

Hello! This week, another Magoosher right here at the office is asking a very important question: what is the difference between “to lie” and “to lay”? If you’re aiming for a high 700+ score on the GMAT, you’ll need to be able to answer this question and distinguish between these two tricky verbs. As always, […]

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The Infinitive of Purpose on GMAT Sentence Correction

First, some practice questions. 1) Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate the snake as a symbol of resilience and healing. (A) for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Are Idioms Tested on the GMAT?

Hello! The answer to this week’s GMAT Tuesday question is…it depends! So find out what types of idioms will show up on your test, and enjoy the beauty of nature while you’re at it :). As always, leave a comment or question below, too, and I’ll be happy to get back to you :).

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Verbals on the GMAT Sentence Correction

First, a few GMAT Sentence Correction Practice questions. 1) During the Hundred Days conflict, the Royal British Navy blockaded all the ports of France, and also prevented Napoleon to escape to North America after his defeat at Waterloo. and also prevented Napoleon to escape but prevented Napoleon from escaping thereby preventing Napoleon from escaping for […]

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GMAT Grammar: Transitive and Intransitive Verbs

This is a funny grammar topic.  It’s so basic, that it would not be tested directly on a GMAT Sentence Correction question, and yet getting clear on these issues can clear up some confusion about grammar questions.   Direct Object The direct object is the noun that receives the action of the verb.  The subject […]

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GMAT Sentence Correction: The Many Uses of ‘That’

The word “that” is a very tricky word, because it has many different roles.  Here are four GMAT Sentence Correction practice problems employing “that” in some of its roles. 1) The Coriolis Effect is responsible for the apparent forces that they turn ocean currents and storm systems clockwise in the Northern Hemisphere, but it appears […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Absolute Phrases

Hello! This week, I’m addressing a question that a student sent in on our blog. So if you’re struggling with the basics of absolute phrases and need a refresher on how to use them, this week’s video should help. After you’ve watched it, let us know if you have any questions or comments below, and […]

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GMAT Sentence Correction: Indefinite Pronouns and Logic

In the previous post on indefinite pronouns, I discussed issues related to Subject-Verb Agreement. This post explores issues of logic, as regards these unusual words. First, four GMAT Sentence Correction practice sentences. 1) Every US state has two senators, but the amount of representatives that all states have depends on their population. (A) the amount […]

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Mixed Idioms on the GMAT

Idioms are an important topic on GMAT Sentence Corrections.  With some idioms, a particular verb may demand a single preposition — for example, “able to do X” is correct, and “able for doing X” is incorrect.  See our idiom ebook for more examples.   That’s a great deal to know right there.  To make matters worse, […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Articles

Hello! A few weeks back, we asked all of YOU to ask us any questions you had about the GMAT, and one of you asked a question about articles! So this week, I’m sharing a strategy you can use to apply the right articles to the right context, and take your essay writing skills to […]

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