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Recognize correctly formed sentences

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SKILL 1: Recognize correctly formed sentences

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    Recognize correctly formed sentences

    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 new skyscraper was so tall that it made the buildings around it look like dollhouses.

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In your reading, pay attention to the parts of speech and how they agree in well-formed sentences, notice modifying words and phrases and how they function when used correctly, and note the relationships between phrases and clauses in well-formed sentences. In your own writing, make sure that subjects agree in number with their associated verbs and that main verbs are used to construct complete sentences; that pronouns agree in number, gender, and person with their logical antecedents; and that verb forms are used consistently and logically. Be sure to use correctly formed modifying words, and make sure that modifying words and phrases are placed correctly to show logical modification. Use proper subordination and coordination to join ideas and to form complete sentences.

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