GMAT Verbal : Correcting Word Usage Errors

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GMAT Verbal

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Example Question #741 : Correcting Word Usage 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.

There is a multitude of interesting company in the world.

Possible Answers:

of interestings company in the world.

of interesting company's in the world.

of interesting companies in the world.

of interesting companys in the world.

of interesting company in the world.

Correct answer:

of interesting companies in the world.

Explanation:

This sentence contains a noun-noun agreement error. The word "multitude" is the antecedent of the word "company," but the former word indicates that the word that follows should be in the plural form, which "company" is not. Instead, it should be replaced with "companies." The correct choice is, "of interesting companies in the world."

Example Question #742 : Correcting Word Usage 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 mother and her daughters bravely defended herself against the accusations the clearly unstable store-clerk flung at them.

Possible Answers:

The mother and her daughters bravely defended everybody against the accusations 

The mother and her daughters bravely defended herself and her daughters against the accusations 

The mother and her daughters bravely defended themselfs against the accusations 

The mother and her daughters bravely defended themselves against the accusations 

The mother and her daughters bravely defended themself against the accusations 

Correct answer:

The mother and her daughters bravely defended themselves against the accusations 

Explanation:

The pronoun "themselves" agrees with the compound subject "the mother and her daughters". The other answer choices are either gross errors in which the pronoun (herself) does not agree with the compound subject or words that simply don't exist (themself, themselfs). 

Example Question #743 : Correcting Word Usage 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.

Burger Place's serving size has dramatically increased over the years, but so has Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

Possible Answers:

and so did Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

but so has Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

but Burger Royalty's and Female Name's too.

and so has Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

but so did Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

Correct answer:

but so has Burger Royalty's and Female Name's.

Explanation:

We need the "but" connecting the two clauses because "and" changes the meaning and strength of the sentence. The best option is the way the sentence was written originally. The options with "did" do not have tense agreement. 

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