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Manage word choice and grammatical relationships between words

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize simple pronoun references

SKILL 2: Recognize incorrect pronoun case

  1. 1

    Recognize simple pronoun references

    Example

    The following sentence tests your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. The sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. The sentence will not contain more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice E. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.

    If you want to get your car fixed without paying too much money, you should bring them to my mechanic, who always gives a discount. No error

    Answer Choices
  2. 2

    Recognize incorrect pronoun case

    Example

    The following sentence tests your ability to recognize grammar and usage errors. The sentence contains either a single error or no error at all. The sentence will not contain more than one error. The error, if there is one, is underlined and lettered. If the sentence contains an error, select the one underlined part that must be changed to make the sentence correct. If the sentence is correct, select choice E. In choosing answers, follow the requirements of standard written English.

    Beth and me are committed to balancing our school work with our community service: if the amount of homework we have keeps increasing, the time we devote to volunteering will have to increase as well. No error

    Answer Choices
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Skills needed to score in the next band

In your reading, focus on specific paragraphs that contain pronouns in order to see how writers use pronouns appropriately. In your own writing, check to see that the pronouns you use refer appropriately to a noun earlier in the sentence or in a prior sentence.

In your reading, choose a paragraph and identify the subjects and verbs in the sentences within that paragraph in order to see that writers pay careful attention to gender, number, and person. You should also notice in your reading that writers use consistent verb tense and active voice. In your own writing, check to see that your subjects and verbs agree in gender and number.

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