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Manage word choice and grammatical relationships between words

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize the antecedent of a pronoun despite multiple distractors that change the number and/or the subject of the referent within the sentence

SKILL 2: Recognize the inappropriate use of a plural pronoun to refer to a singular, collective noun

SKILL 3: Recognize how temporal elements influence verb forms in a sentence

 

  1. 1

    Recognize the antecedent of a pronoun despite multiple distractors that change the number and/or the subject of the referent within 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.

    Aerobic activities such as jogging or riding a bike are  undoubtedly  beneficial to health; even so, many people find it boring. No error

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  2. 2

    Recognize the inappropriate use of a plural pronoun to refer to a singular, collective noun

    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.

    Although we may consider China to be one huge country, they are a land of 56 nationalities, some of which are ethnically related to cultural groups found in Central and Southeast Asia. No error

    Answer Choices
  3. 3

    Recognize how temporal elements influence verb forms in a 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.

    More than forty years have passed since a quarter of a million people march on Washington, D.C., in an attempt to secure civil rights for Black Americans. No error

    Answer Choices
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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 subject-verb agreement, even when a word, phrase, or clause intervenes between the subject and the verb. In your own writing, check to see that your subjects and verbs agree in number.

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