About the Book:
The industry-leading Sentence Correction Guide delves into every major principle and minor subtlety of grammar tested on the GMAT. From its comprehensive list of GMAT-specific idioms to its tailored coverage of topics such as pronouns and parallelism, this guide teaches exactly what students need for GMAT Sentence Correction—and nothing that they don’t.
About the Author:
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Chapter by Chapter
1. Sentence Correction Basics
Question Format; “Best” Does Not Mean Ideal; Understand the Sentence, Then Split the Answers; Put Your Answer Back In; Using This Book
2. Grammar & Meaning
Grammar: A Closer Look; Meaning: A Closer Look; Meaning: Choose Your Words; Meaning: Place Your Words; Meaning: Match Your Words; Meaning: Avoid Redundancy; What About Concision?
3. Subject-Verb Agreement
Subject and Verb Must Both Exist; Subject and Verb Must Make Sense Together; Subject and Verb Must Agree in Number; Eliminate the Middlemen, and Skip the Warmup; Use Structure to Decide; And vs. Additive Phrases; Or, Either… Or, & Neither… Nor; Collective Nouns: Almost Always Singular; Indefinite Pronouns: Usually Singular; Each and Every: Singular Sensations; Quantity Words and Phrases; Subject Phrases and Clauses: Always Singular; Flip It!; When in Doubt, Think Singular
Parallel Markers; Parallel Elements; Lists with And; Idioms with Built-In Parallel Structure; Superficial Parallelism vs. Actual Parallelism; Watch Out for Linking Verbs
The Antecedent Must Exist; The Antecedent & Pronoun Must Make Sense Together; The Antecedent & Pronoun Must Agree in Number; The Deadly Five: It, Its, They, Them, Their; This, That, These, and Those; What About Ambiguity?
Adjectives and Adverbs; Noun Modifiers; Position of Noun Modifiers; Watch Out for Possessives; Noun Modifiers with Relative Pronouns; Essential vs. Non-Essential Noun Modifiers; Verb Modifiers; Which vs. the Present Participle-ing
7. Verb Tense, Mood, & Voice
Simple Tenses; Progressive Tenses; Make Tenses Reflect Meaning; The Perfect Tenses: An Introduction; Present Perfect: Still In Effect…; Past Perfect: The Earlier Action; Perfect Tenses: Only When Necessary; Tense Sequence; The Subjunctive Mood; The Hypothetical Subjunctive; If… Then Constructs; The Command Subjunctive; Active and Passive Voice; Is Passive Voice Ever the Correct Answer?
Like vs. As; Keep Comparisons Parallel; Omitted Words; Comparative and Superlative Forms
Using Your Ear: Spot – Extract – Replace; Idiom List
10. Odds & Ends
Connecting Words; Connecting Punctuation; Quantity
11. GM/S-V/Parallelism: Extra
Concision: Specific Patterns of Wordiness; Concision: Don’t Make It Too Short; Parallelism: Concrete Nouns and Action Nouns; What Else Is Considered Parallel
12. Pronouns & Modifiers: Extra
Other Pronouns; Placeholder It; Avoiding Pronouns Altogether; Nuances of Pronoun Reference; Modifiers: Exceptions to the Touch Rule; Possessive Nuances; Subgroup Modifiers; More on Relative Clauses vs. Participles; Absolute Phrases
13. Verbs & Comparisons: Extra
Helping Verbs; Verbals: An Overview; Infinitives; Gerunds; Participles; When to Use Which Verbal or Verb; More on Like and As; Numbers in Comparisons; Other Comparison Constructions
14. Appendix A: Official Guide Problem Set
Official Guide Problem Sets
15. Appendix B: Glossary