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Manage phrases and clauses in a sentence

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize simple parallel structure

SKILL 2: Recognize sentence fragments

SKILL 3: Recognize appropriate and logical relationships between parts of a sentence

  1. 1

    Recognize simple parallel structure

    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.

    On the shore of South Carolina’s Bull Island, the solitude of the beach is awesome, intense, and it can be exhilarating.

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  2. 2

    Recognize sentence fragments

    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.

    An increased concentration of carbon dioxide and certain other gases in the Earth's atmosphere, contributing to global warming.

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  3. 3

    Recognize appropriate and logical relationships between parts of a sentence

    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.

    Under the new regulations governing tobacco advertising, the well-known ad that shows people riding horses smoking cigarettes will no longer be allowed.

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Skills needed to score in the next band

In your reading, choose a paragraph and be able to distinguish gerunds from main verbs, especially when both end in ���ing. In your own writing, make sure you use gerunds and participles appropriately.

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