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Manage word choice and grammatical relationships between words

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SKILL 1: Recognize subject-verb agreement despite multiple distractors and complexities caused by passive construction

SKILL 2: Recognize the need for the effective use of concision

 

  1. 1

    Recognize subject-verb agreement despite multiple distractors and complexities caused by passive construction

    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 theories of planetary motion espoused by Galileo was seen as heretical by members of The Inquisition, who used their power to force Galileo to recant and spend the last years of his life under house arrest. No error

    Answer Choices
  2. 2

    Recognize the need for the effective use of concision

    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 adaptation of a novel for the screen often requires major adjustments in plot because the one art form differs from the other in having other character-revelation techniques.

    Answer Choices
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