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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 […]

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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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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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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 journals. […]

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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 take […]

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GMAT Sentence Correction: If vs. Whether

“I don’t know if you will find this post helpful” Do you spot the error in the preceding sentence?  This error is common in casual spoken English, but it will cost you on the GMAT Sentence Correction.  In that sentence, the word “if” is incorrect: it should be replaced by the word “whether.”   When […]

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