GMAT Verbal : Correcting Other Errors

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Example Question #21 : 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.

Trying to maintain her balance while dancing on stage during a performance, the ballerina's shoe caught a small bump on the floor and tripped across the stage.

Possible Answers:

the ballerina caught a small bump on the floor with her shoe, and tripped across the stage

the ballerina caught a small bump in the floor with her shoe, which made her trip across the stage

the shoe of the ballerina caught a small bump on the floor and tripped across the stage

 the ballerina's shoe caught a small bump on the floor and tripped across the stage

the ballerina's shoe caught a small bump on the floor, and she tripped across the stage

Correct answer:

the ballerina's shoe caught a small bump on the floor, and she tripped across the stage

Explanation:

After the comma, we need the name or pronoun of the person. The use of which is incorrect. The remaining answers are incorrect because they are missing the pronoun after the comma. 

Example Question #1851 : 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.

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped, which will mean that she will most likely experience a fever as well. 

Possible Answers:

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped and she will most likely experience a fever as well. 

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped which will mean that she will also experience a fever. 

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped, which will mean that she will most likely experience a fever as well. 

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped and as a result, she will experience a fever.

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped and this will mean she will experience a fever as well.

Correct answer:

Janice's body temperature suddenly dropped and she will most likely experience a fever as well. 

Explanation:

The word "which"does not have an antecedent noun, and therefore the construction is incorrect. Similarly, "this,"in the first answer, does not have a noun to which it refers. 

Example Question #291 : Correcting Other Errors And Recognizing Correct Sentences

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.

It ought to be me with whom you share the story with, not her.

Possible Answers:

I with whom you share the story with, not her.

me with who you share the story with, not her.

me with whom you share the story, not her.

me with whom you share the story with, not she.

me with who you share the story with, not she.

Correct answer:

me with whom you share the story, not her.

Explanation:

The verb "to be" means that we would use the subject forms of pronouns, except after the infinitive where we would use the object form. This sentence, however, contains an unnecessary and extraneous "with."

Example Question #21 : 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.

It's time for ballet class!

Possible Answers:

It

Its

Its'

It's

It is'

Correct answer:

It's

Explanation:

"It's" is correct because it is the contraction "it is." "Its" is incorrect because it is a possessive impersonal pronoun which would need a pronoun-verb construction in order to be correct. "Its'" is improper construction. 

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