GMAT Verbal : Correcting Other Errors

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Example Question #1834 : Sentence Correction

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.

Toni Morrison does not identify her works as “feminist,” but critics have referred to them as exemplifying characteristics of "postmodern feminism" because she typically focuses on black female protagonists and makes use of shifting narration.

Possible Answers:

but critics have referred to them, exemplifying characteristics of "postmodern feminism," because

but critics are characterizing them as “postmodern feminism” because

but critics have characterized them as exemplifying characteristics of “postmodern feminism” because

but critics have characterized them as "postmodern feminism" because

but critics have referred to them as exemplifying characteristics of "postmodern feminism" because

Correct answer:

but critics have characterized them as "postmodern feminism" because

Explanation:

The correct answer not only uses the correct tense but also has a concise (i.e., non-wordy) construction. There are no extra words or strange constructions.

Example Question #1835 : Sentence Correction

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.

In order to prevent rhino poaching, members of the Rhino Rescue Project have developed a novel technique, injecting a mixture of indelible dye and a parasiticide that allows them to track the horns and poison the rhino horn consumers.

Possible Answers:

members of the Rhino Rescue Project track the horns with an indelible dye and poison the rhino horn consumers with a parasiticide, both of which are in a mixture that is injected into the rhino horn

members of the Rhino Rescue Project have developed a novel technique that consists of injecting a mixture of indelible dye that allow them to track the horns, and a parasiticide that poisons rhino horn consumers

members of the Rhino Rescue Project have developed a novel technique, which consists of injecting a mixture of indelible dye and parasiticide that allows them to track the horns and that poisons the horn consumers

members of the Rhino Rescue Project have developed a novel technique, injecting a mixture of indelible dye and a parasiticide that allows them to track the horns and poison the rhino horn consumers

members of the Rhino Rescue Project track the horns and poison the rhino horn consumers, using a novel technique that they developed, which includes injecting a mixture of indelible dye and a parasiticide into the rhino horn

Correct answer:

members of the Rhino Rescue Project have developed a novel technique, which consists of injecting a mixture of indelible dye and parasiticide that allows them to track the horns and that poisons the horn consumers

Explanation:

The correct answer is the only one that constructs the sentence is a logical way that is not wordy or convoluted.

Example Question #1836 : Sentence Correction

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.

Colleges have begun offering students more courses related to careers in fields such as those like petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

Possible Answers:

in fields such as those that are like petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

in such fields as those like petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

in fields such as those like petroleum engineering, the environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

in fields such as those like petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

in fields such as petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

Correct answer:

in fields such as petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction.

Explanation:

The phrase "such as those like" is simultaneously awkward and redundant, as its two component parts, "such as" and "those like," mean essentially the same thing. The best approach to improving the sentence is to delete one half of the awkward phrase. The only answer choice which properly does this is "in fields such as petroleum engineering, environmental sciences, and natural gas extraction."

Example Question #1837 : Sentence Correction

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. 

Sania asked her friends to bring desserts to the potluck such as like cookies, cupcakes, and cake

Possible Answers:

to the potluck like also cookies, cupcakes, and cake

to the potluck like cookies, cupcakes, and cake

to the potluck like including cookies, cupcakes, and cake

to the potluck like such as cookies, cupcakes, and cake

to the potluck such as also cookies, cupcakes, and cake

Correct answer:

to the potluck like cookies, cupcakes, and cake

Explanation:

"Such as" and "like" are similar words and therefore having both next to each other in the sentence is redundant. It makes the most sense to keep only "like" in the sentence. 

Example Question #1 : Correcting Other 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. 

Even though although his dad's shoes were too big for him, Devin was proud to wear them to church. 

Possible Answers:

Even though his dad's shoes were too big for him

Even though however his dad's shoes were too big for him

Although even though his dad's shoes were too big for him

However even though  his dad's shoes were too big for him

Although however his dad's shoes were too big for him

Correct answer:

Even though his dad's shoes were too big for him

Explanation:

Saying both "even though" and "although" is redundant, so we should use only "even though" in the updated sentence. 

Example Question #1839 : Sentence Correction

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. 

Meanwhile at the same time, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

Possible Answers:

While at the same time, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

Meanwhile, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

Whereas at the same time, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

At the same time meanwhile, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

At the same time however, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

Correct answer:

Meanwhile, José was running back home to retrieve his keys. 

Explanation:

Saying both "meanwhile" and "at the same time" is redundant, so it is best here to use only "meanwhile" to start the sentence.

Example Question #1840 : Sentence Correction

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 team was praised by management for their great contributions to the company.

Possible Answers:

Management praised the team for their great contributions to the company.

The team was to be praised by management for their great contributions to the company.

The managers of the company praised the team for its great contributions to the company.

Management praised the team for its great contributions to the company.

The team was praised by management for their great contributions to the company.

Correct answer:

Management praised the team for its great contributions to the company.

Explanation:

There are two errors in the sentence above. First, the main verb of the sentence, "praised," is in passive voice. While the passive voice is not necessarily grammatically incorrect, in this case the subject should always be doing the action of the verb, not having the action done to it for clarity's sake. Second, the word "team" is an example of a collective noun. Even though it refers to many different individuals, it is grammatically singular, so the correct modifier for it in this sentence is "its." The most clear and concise choice is, "Management praised the team for its great contributions to the company."

Example Question #1841 : Sentence Correction

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.

Many people consider William Shakespeare being the best English writer of all time.

Possible Answers:

William Shakespeare to be the best English writer of all time.

William Shakespeare be the best English writer of all time.

William Shakespeare is the best English writer of all time.

William Shakespeare was the best English writer of all time.

William Shakespeare are the best English writer of all time.

Correct answer:

William Shakespeare to be the best English writer of all time.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb usage. The word "to be" is being used to complete the action of "consider," so the infinitive form of this word should be used instead of "being." The correct answer is: "William Shakespeare to be the best English writer of all time."

Example Question #1842 : Sentence Correction

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 children saw many deers through the windows of the vehicle.

Possible Answers:

deers'

deer

deers

does

deer's

Correct answer:

deer

Explanation:

This sentence contains a pluralization error. The plural of "deer" is "deer," so the correct answer choice is "deer," as in: "The children saw many deer through the windows of the vehicle."

Example Question #1843 : Sentence Correction

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.

Lennard asked Carla "do you have the reports?"

Possible Answers:

asked Carla "do you have the reports?"

asked Carla "Do you have the reports?"

asked Carla: "Do you have the reports?"

asked Carla, "do you have the reports?"

asked Carla, "Do you have the reports?"

Correct answer:

asked Carla, "Do you have the reports?"

Explanation:

This sentence contains two errors. The first is a punctuation error: a comma should appear after the name "Carla," since this is where the quote begins in the sentence. This is a more appropriate choice than a colon. The second error lies in the capitalization (or lack thereof) of the word "do." The first word in a direct quote should always be capitalized. The correct answer choice is, "asked Carla, "Do you have the reports?" "

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