GMAT Verbal : Correcting Modifier-Word Modified Agreement Errors

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Example Question #1 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

The extraction of minerals left behind much different kinds of debris and detritus, all of which took months to fully clean up.

Possible Answers:

left behind many different kinds

left behind much different kinds

left behind much different kind

leaving behind much different kinds

left behind much differing kinds

Correct answer:

left behind many different kinds

Explanation:

The use of "much" in this sentence is incorrect as the word should only be used with singular nouns, and the sentence uses it to refer to "different kinds." In this situation, the appropriate word is "many." The only answer choice that uses the correct word is "left behind many different kinds."

Example Question #2 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Unlike previous efforts at changing the law, a wide range of political figures supported this new piece of legislation.

Possible Answers:

a wide range of political figures supported this new piece of legislation.

this new piece of legislation was supported by a wide range of political figures.

a wide range of political figures were supporting this new piece of legislation.

a wide ranging of political figures supported this new piece of legislation.

this new piece of legislation being supported from a wide range of political figures.

Correct answer:

this new piece of legislation was supported by a wide range of political figures.

Explanation:

As it is presently written, the sentence has a lack of agreement between the introductory phrase and the antecedent word. The subject of the sentence needs to more directly link back to "previous efforts." The answer choice which most clearly makes this link is "this new piece of legislation was supported by a wide range of political figures."

Example Question #3 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Having rammed into the tree at over one hundred miles per hour, the responsibility for the crash was placed squarely on the movie star despite his protestations.

Possible Answers:

the responsibilities for the crash was placed squarely on the movie star despite his protestation.

the movie star had responsibility for the crash squarely placed on him despite his protestations.

the movie star has responsibility for the crash squarely placed on him despite his protestation.

the responsibility for the crash was placed squarely on the movie star despite his protestations.

the responsibility for the crash placed squarely on the movie star despite his protestations.

Correct answer:

the movie star had responsibility for the crash squarely placed on him despite his protestations.

Explanation:

The sentence, as it is written, contains a misplaced modifier, as the sentence reads as though "the responsibility" is what "rammed into the tree." The sentence needs to be rewritten to show that it was "the movie star" who actually "rammed into the tree." The only answer choice that does this in a grammatically correct manner is "the movie star had responsibility for the crash squarely placed on him."

Example Question #1033 : Correcting Grammatical Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices repeats the underlined portion as it is written.

The belief in evil spirits remains quite widespread in many different part of the world.

Possible Answers:

many differentiated part of the world.

many different part of the world.

many different parts of the world.

many different part of a world.

many different part of the world.

Correct answer:

many different parts of the world.

Explanation:

The error in the underlined portion of the sentence is its use of the singular form "part" after the adjectives "many different." As both adjectives indicate the plurality of the noun they describe, the singular noun "part" needs to be a plural noun to correct the error. "Many different parts of the world" is the correct answer choice because it is the only one in which this error is corrected.

Example Question #97 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English.

Unlike the plants at this local greenhouse, which has been around for thirty years, that at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Possible Answers:

them at the chain store is wilted and dying.

that at the chain store are wilted and dying.

that at the chain store is wilted and dying.

those at the chain store are wilted and dying.

them at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Correct answer:

those at the chain store are wilted and dying.

Explanation:

Because "the plants" is a plural subject, the corresponding pronoun must be a plural subject pronoun. "Those" is the word that matches.

Example Question #98 : Correcting Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

Peter believed that, despite all of the differing opinion on the subject, his theory about particle physics would be proven correct one day.

Possible Answers:

despite all of the differing subject on the opinion

despite all of the opinion differing on the subject

despite all of the differing opinions on the subject

despite all of the differing opinion on the subject

despite all of differing the opinion on the subject

Correct answer:

despite all of the differing opinions on the subject

Explanation:

The phrase "all of" indicates that the noun it is modifying in the sentence should be plural. Therefore, "opinion" should be "opinions," and the correct phrase is "despite all of the differing opinions on the subject."

Example Question #1 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the answer choices reproduces the underlined portion as it is written in the sentence.

Despite the challenges involved, karate consists of many learnable technique that can be mastered by people from all walks of life. 

Possible Answers:

consists of technique many learnable

consists of many learnable technique

consists of many learnables technique

consists of many learnable techniques

consists of many learnables techniques

Correct answer:

consists of many learnable techniques

Explanation:

The adjective "many" in this sentence is intended to modify a plural noun; therefore, the correct phrase should be "many learnable techniques."

Example Question #12 : Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Jamie wasn't aware that Lisa didn't want to be treated like those; she preferred to get to know her friends well before she hugged them. 

Possible Answers:

be treated like thats

be treated like that

be treated like this

be treated like those

be treated like these

Correct answer:

be treated like that

Explanation:

The error in the sentence is in the use of the word "those," as the remainder of the sentence refers to a specific way Lisa prefers to be treated. Therefore, "those" should become "that" and the underlined phrase should become "be treated like that." 

Example Question #13 : Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Having been alls over the world, Jeremy could confidently say that his favorite place to be is right here in his hometown.

Possible Answers:

Having alls over the world been

Having been over alls the world

Having been all over the world

Having all been over the world

Having been alls over the world

Correct answer:

Having been all over the world

Explanation:

The error in this sentence is the word "alls," which does not follow the rules of standard written English within the context of the sentence. We should change the word to "all," with the correct phrasing as "Having been all over the world."

Example Question #4 : Correcting Modifier Word Modified Agreement Errors

Replace the underlined portion with the answer choice that results in a sentence that is clear, precise, and meets the requirements of standard written English. One of the underlined choices repeats the answer as it is written. 

Kasia was initially confused by all of the different part involved in constructing the cabinet, but she eventually came to understand how everything fit together.

Possible Answers:

all the different part

all the part different

all different of the part

all of the different part

all of the different parts

Correct answer:

all of the different parts

Explanation:

The word "part" must be pluralized in order to reflect the use of the word "all." We should therefore change the phrase to "all of the different parts."

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