GMAT Verbal : Correcting Verb Voice Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GMAT Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : 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.

Kim was praised by her teammates for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Possible Answers:

Kim's teammates praised for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Kim's teammates praised her for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Kim, praised by her teammates for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Kim was praised by her teammates for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Kim praised her teammates for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Correct answer:

Kim's teammates praised her for scoring the winning goal at the last second.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "Kim was praised" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (the subject of the sentence should do the action of the sentence). The correct choice is, "Kim's teammates praised her for scoring the winning goal at the last second."

Example Question #32 : Correcting Verb Errors

Which option best replaces the underlined sentence?

The video games are played by the programmers daily to test for bugs in the system.

Possible Answers:

The programmers play the video games daily to test for bugs in the system.

The video games played by the programmers are daily to test for bugs in the system.

The programmers play the video games daily, to test for bugs in the system.

The video games are played by the programmers daily to test for bugs in the system.

The video games, played by the programmers, daily to test for bugs in the system.

Correct answer:

The programmers play the video games daily to test for bugs in the system.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "The video games are played" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (the subject of the sentence should do the action of the sentence). The correct choice is, "The programmers play the video games daily to test for bugs in the system."

Example Question #33 : 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.

The band's music was acclaimed by many as innovative and thrilling.

Possible Answers:

The band's music was acclaimed by many as innovative and thrilling.

Many people thought the band's music was innovative, and thrilling.

Many people thought the music of the band was very innovative, and thrilling.

Many people thought the band's music was innovative and thrilling.

The band's music, acclaimed by many as innovative and thrilling, was written about in many magazines.

Correct answer:

Many people thought the band's music was innovative and thrilling.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "The band's music was acclaimed" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the sentence should be doing the action of the main verb). No other changes are necessary. The correct choice is, "Many people thought the band's music was innovative and thrilling."

Example Question #34 : 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.

She held much influence in her field since her work was considered to be the best.

Possible Answers:

influence in her field, since people considered her work the best.

influence in her field since people considered her work the best.

influence in her field since her work was considered to be: the best.

influence in her field since her work was considered to be the best.

influence in her field, since her work was considered to be the best.

Correct answer:

influence in her field since people considered her work the best.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "her work was considered to be the best" is in the passive voice. The correct answer should be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the clause should always be doing the action of the main verb). No other changes are necessary. The choice that fixes this issue is, "influence in her field since people considered her work the best."

Example Question #35 : 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.

Roger was asked to come into the office; little did he know, it was for a promotion.

Possible Answers:

Roger asked to come into the office

They asked: Roger to come into the office

Roger was asked to come into the office

Roger, asked to come into the office,

They asked Roger to come into the office

Correct answer:

They asked Roger to come into the office

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "Roger was asked" is in the passive voice. The correct choice will usually be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the clause should be doing the action of the main verb). No other changes are necessary. The correct choice is, "They asked Roger to come into the office."

Example Question #36 : 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.

She was excited because a new book from her favorite author was being published later this year. 

Possible Answers:

her favorite author was publishing a new book later this year.

a new book from her favorite author was being published later this year. 

a new book from her favorite author being published later this year. 

a new book from her favorite author was being: published later this year. 

her favorite author publishing a new book later this year.

Correct answer:

her favorite author was publishing a new book later this year.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "a new book from her favorite author was being published later this year" is in the passive voice. The correct choice will always be in the active voice, so this sentence needs to be rephrased. The correct choice is, "her favorite author was publishing a new book later this year."

Example Question #37 : 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.

Conventions for anything imaginable are attended by millions each year. 

Possible Answers:

Conventions, for anything imaginable, are attended by millions

Millions attend conventions for anything imaginable

Millions attend conventions, for anything imaginable

Conventions for anything imaginable are attended by millions

Millions attend: conventions for anything imaginable

Correct answer:

Millions attend conventions for anything imaginable

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "Conventions...are attended" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the clause should be doing the action of the main verb). The correct choice is, "Millions attend conventions for anything imaginable."

Example Question #38 : 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.

Because the technology was improved, the price fell sharply.

Possible Answers:

Because the technology improved

Because the technology was improved

Because, the technology improved

The technology improved

The technology was improved

Correct answer:

Because the technology improved

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "the technology was improved" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the clause should always do the action of the main verb). This can be fixed by simply omitting the word "was." No other changes are necessary. The correct answer is, "Because the technology improved."

Example Question #39 : 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.

Music was considered extremely important by her.

Possible Answers:

Music was considered extremely important by her.

She considered music extremely important.

Music was considered to be an extremely important influence on her.

Music was to be considered extremely important by her.

She considered music to be the most important thing in her life.

Correct answer:

She considered music extremely important.

Explanation:

This sentence contains an error in verb voice. The phrase "Music was considered" is in the passive voice, which is totally unnecessary in this context. The correct answer will be in the active voice (i.e. the subject of the clause should always do the action of the main verb). The sentence needs to be reworded. The correct choice is, "She considered music extremely important." The other choices only add unnecessary words to the sentence. 

Example Question #40 : 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.

Though no one truly understood it, the joke was laughed at by many.

Possible Answers:

many were laughing at the joke because it was funny.

the joke were laughed at by many.

many laughed at the joke, because it was funny.

many laughed at the joke.

the joke was laughed at by many.

Correct answer:

many laughed at the joke.

Explanation:

The phrase "the joke was laughed at" is in the passive voice. The correct choice should always be in the active voice (the subject of the clause should always do the action of the main verb). The sentence needs to be reworded. The correct choice is, "many laughed at the joke." The other choices are either still in the passive voice or are too wordy.

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