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Archive | Phrases and Clauses

GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Sentence Correction – Tip #2

Hello! Today, after a little Shakespeare monologue, I’m sharing a very important tip you’ll need to know to tackle sentence correction problems: the difference between a clause and phrase. In the video, I mention “subordinate conjunctions” as one way to identify clauses. Here’s a list of key ones to know: only, if now, that although, […]

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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Subject Verb Agreement (Long Appositives)

Another GMAT Tuesday with Kevin! This week’s topic is long appositives, which can be tricky distractions when you’re hunting for the right verb in a Sentence Correction question. Let us know how you like the video and whether you have any suggestions for next week’s topic!

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Top Six GMAT Grammar Tips for Sentence Correction

First, a hard Sentence Correct for practice. 1 The term “Immaculate Conception”, a doctrine that the Roman Catholic Church formally proclaimed in 1854, not referring to the conception of Jesus, which, according to Christianity, occurred miraculously despite his mother Mary being a virgin, but to the conception of Mary in the womb of her mother, […]

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GMAT Grammar: Appositive Phrases

Friends, Romans, countrymen: it is time to learn about appositive phrases!  But first, a practice sentence. 1. Being America’s national bird, the Bald Eagle has little natural predators like the Great Horned Owl, and their population dwindling to almost nothing up to the point of DDT being banned. (A) Being America’s national bird, the Bald […]

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Substantive Clauses on the GMAT

Understand this very tricky grammatical structure for GMAT Sentence Correction.   Practice Question First, give these two SC questions a try. 1) Why the various Generals of the Army of the Potomac before Ulysses S. Grant were so singularly unsuccessful against Robert E Lee are debated about in no less than five hundred historically oriented […]

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Participle Phrases on the GMAT

Understand this common grammatical structure, on GMAT SC questions!    Present participles When we take a verb and stick the “-ing” ending on it, we change it into the present participle, which can function as a noun modifier, i.e., as an adjective.  Examples: the flowing river, the talking horse, the flying trapeze.  A participle can […]

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GMAT Grammar: Vital Noun Modifiers

Learn about the importance of this elite category of modifiers. Not all modifiers are created equal! All noun modifiers, by definition, give additional information about the noun they modify.  BUT, the importance of that additional information can vary significantly.  Consider the following two sentences, both with modifiers underlined.   1) Last year, I visited the […]

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