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Manage grammatical structures used to modify or compare

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize proper uses of adverbs and adjectives.

SKILL 2: Recognize appropriate comparative structures

SKILL 3: Recognize improper modification (e.g., introductory clause does not logically modify the subject of the sentence)

  1. 1

    Recognize proper uses of adverbs and adjectives

    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.

    The ambassador was entertained lavish by Hartwright, whose company  has a monetary interest in the industrial development of the new country. No error

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  2. 2

    Recognize appropriate comparative structures

    Example

    The following sentence tests correctness and effectiveness of expression. Part of the sentence or the entire sentence is underlined; beneath the sentence are five ways of phrasing the underlined material. Choice A repeats the original phrasing; the other four choices are different. If you think the original phrasing produces a better sentence than any of the alternatives, select choice A; if not, select one of the other choices.

    In making your selection, follow the requirements of standard written English; that is, pay attention to grammar, choice of words, sentence construction, and punctuation. Your selection should result in the most effective sentence-clear and precise, without awkwardness or ambiguity.

    The blue whale is so enormous, a whale must eat about 1.5 million calories a day.

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  3. 3

    Recognize improper modification (e.g., introductory clause does not logically modify the subject of the sentence)

    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.

    Found on open plains and in semideserts, the gazelle's range extends from Mongolia westward to the Atlantic coast of North Africa and throughout eastern and central tropical Africa. No error

    Answer Choices

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