GMAT Verbal : Correcting Other Verb Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GMAT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #90 : Correcting Verb Errors

Magicians use the fact people having trouble focusing on multiple things at once to fool their audiences.

Possible Answers:

had trouble focusing

having trouble focus

having troubles focused

having trouble focusing

have trouble focusing

Correct answer:

have trouble focusing

Explanation:

The underlined words are a compound verb, or multiple words that function as one verb in the sentence. These still need to follow a correct tense and form, which is not done with just "having" being placed after people. "Have trouble focusing" is the best way to improve the sentences among the answer choices.

Example Question #91 : Correcting Verb Errors

The young family was heavily reliance on the kindness of strangers.

Possible Answers:

was heavily relianced

was heavy reliant

was heavy reliance

was heavily reliance

was heavily reliant

Correct answer:

was heavily reliant

Explanation:

The word "reliance" is inappropriate in the context of this sentence as it indicates the relationship of relying. "Reliant," in contrast, Connors the state of being; therefore, the correct answer choice is "was heavily reliant."

Example Question #92 : Correcting Verb Errors

Rita began work on the project last year, but she has yet to reach completion.

Possible Answers:

she has yet to reach completion.

she has yet to complete it.

it has yet to reach completion.

it is not at completion yet.

she is still yet to be completed.

Correct answer:

she has yet to complete it.

Explanation:

The original sentence is wordy and awkward. The correct answer is concise, active, and clear.

Example Question #93 : Correcting Verb Errors

Being that he passed the driver’s test, Timothy was looking forward to getting his license.

Possible Answers:

If he had passed

For passing

Passing

Having passed

Being that he passed

Correct answer:

Having passed

Explanation:

Sentences rarely start with “being.” Furthermore, "having passed" conveys the timing and cause of events with more precision.

Example Question #94 : Correcting Verb Errors

For amateur swimmers, or those who are lacking experience swimming, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

What correction should be made to this sentence?

Possible Answers:

For amateur swimmers, which are swimmers that are lacking in swimming experience, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

For amateur swimmers, meaning those who are lacking experience swimming, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

No improvement necessary.

For amateur swimmers, or those who have a lack of experience, which is in swimming, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

For amateur swimmers, or those who lack swimming experience, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

Correct answer:

For amateur swimmers, or those who lack swimming experience, swimming half a mile seems like an impossible task.

Explanation:

The improved sentence is better than the original because it cuts out unnecessary words, changing "or those who are lacking," to "or those who lack." This change also avoids having the same word next to itself, as was the case in "swimming, swimming." Although there was nothing grammatically wrong with this sentence, there was room for stylistic improvement, which was made. 

Example Question #95 : Correcting Verb 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.

In no uncertain terms, the principal outlawing the use of live models for art classes.

Possible Answers:

outlawing using

outlawed the use

outlawed using

outlawing the use

outlaw using

Correct answer:

outlawed the use

Explanation:

The best clue to the correct answer is the fact "of" is  not underlined, indicating the form must stay as "the use." The only issue is the form of "outlawing," which cannot be used with the subject of "the principal" as a verb on its own. "Outlawed the use" is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #96 : Correcting Verb 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.

The young girl was surprisingly involving in the decisions her parents made.

Possible Answers:

was surprising involving

was surprised involving

was surprisingly involved

was surprisingly involving

was surprising involved

Correct answer:

was surprisingly involved

Explanation:

The underlined portion of the sentence has an odd verb usage in the word "involving." The sentence actually needs a past tense verb to make appropriate sense. "Was surprisingly involved" is the best choice among the answers.

Example Question #97 : Correcting Verb 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.

Having eaten little food while lost at sea, the sailors attacking their meal upon arrival on dry land.

Possible Answers:

the sailors attacking their meal

the sailor's attacking their meal

the sailors' attacking their meal

the sailors attacking their own meal

the sailors attacked their meal

Correct answer:

the sailors attacked their meal

Explanation:

The use of the word "attacking" is actually not a verb in the sentence, but a gerund, that is a verb form that can be used as a noun. The word needs to be turned into the appropriate verb form. "The sailors attacked their meal" is the correct answer choice.

Example Question #98 : Correcting Verb 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.

The many problems accruing in the project seeming to get worse over time.

Possible Answers:

have been seemed to get worse over time.

seeming to getting worse over time.

seeming to get worse over time.

have seeming to get worse over time.

seemed to get worse over time.

Correct answer:

seemed to get worse over time.

Explanation:

The use of the verb "seeming" in the sentence makes the sentence incomplete. As "seeming" is a gerund, or a verb form that functions as a noun, there is actually no verb in the sentence. The correct answer is "seemed to get worse over time."

Example Question #100 : Correcting Verb 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.

Having seen many natural wonders in his life, the general was still astonishing at the massive waterfall.

Possible Answers:

still astonishing to the massive waterfall.

still astonishing at the massive waterfall.

also astonishing at the massive waterfall.

still astonished at the massive waterfall.

still astonishing in the massive waterfall.

Correct answer:

still astonished at the massive waterfall.

Explanation:

The "waterfall" makes the "general" have a feeling of astonishment. The sentence as written makes this quite confusing. To make it correct grammatically, the form of the word needs to be something the general does. "Still astonished at the massive waterfall" is the correct answer choice.

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