GMAT Verbal : Correcting Preposition Errors

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Example Question #31 : Correcting Preposition 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.

Her inquiry about the petroleum cartels in Brazil made her a target of the cartel's harassment. 

Possible Answers:

Her inquiry into the petroleum cartels into Brazil 

Her investigation about the petroleum cartels into Brazil 

Her inquiry about the petroleum cartels of Brazil

Her inquiry on top of the petroleum cartels all about Brazil 

Her inquiry into the petroleum cartels of Brazil

Correct answer:

Her inquiry into the petroleum cartels of Brazil


The most idiomatic use of prepositions is "Her inquiry into the petroleum cartels of Brazil." The phrase "inquiry about" is unidiomatic. And many of the adjustments to the preposition preceding Brazil are seemingly trivial. It is important in this case to examine each choice carefully and consider both prepositions and the particular context of their use.

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