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

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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.

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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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