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Archive | Parallelism

Repeating Verb Phrases on the GMAT

“Fred wrote to Congress to complain about this policy nearly four months before Silvia ____________” What we want to say is — Fred wrote to Congress, and Silvia also wrote to Congress, but Fred did what he did before Silvia did what she did.  The question is — how do we end that sentence eloquently […]

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GMAT Grammar Rules: Parallelism and Verb Tenses

Introduction: parallelism Parallelism is one of the GMAT’s favorite grammatical structures.  Probably almost half of all SC questions involve parallelism of some kind.  Of course, one can put nouns or adjectives into parallel, but what’s the fun of that?  Parallelism only gets interesting when you put entire verbs or verb phrases (e.g. infinitive phrases, participial […]

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Common Parallel Structure Words in GMAT Sentence Correction

Concision is one of the goals of parallel structure.  Consider the following monstrosity of a sentence. 1a) After I get my next paycheck, I am seriously thinking about buying a jet ski, I am seriously thinking about treating my friends to dinner, and I am seriously thinking about putting some money away in savings. Obviously, […]

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GMAT Sentence Corrections: Comparison

The GMAT Sentence Correction will ask you about several sentences involving comparisons.  Why?  Because, in the business world, people compare things all the time.  Microsoft is a bigger company than Apple.  The United States has more debt than does China.  Caterpillar’s stock, like DuPont’s, pays a dividend.  Nobody else put a hybrid on the market […]

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