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Manage grammatical structures used to modify or compare

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Recognize idiomatic use of adjectives/adverbs

SKILL 2: Recognize sophisticated comparative structures 

SKILL 3: Recognize appropriate placement and wording of parallel information in correlative constructions (e.g., “not only . . . but also”)

SKILL 4: Recognize that illogical sentences caused by dangling modifiers can be corrected by using the passive voice

 

  1. 1

    Recognize idiomatic use of adjectives/adverbs

    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.

    Just when the staff thought things were going smooth at the newspaper, a crisis erupted that brought about  a change in priorities, including greater attention to sensational news. No error

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  2. 2

    Recognize sophisticated comparative structures

    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.

    In his new book, Quest for Adventure, the renowned British mountaineer Chris Bonington examines the past century’s most remarkable expeditions, profiling such explorers including Neil Armstrong, Thor Heyerdahl, and Maurice Herzog. No error

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  3. 3

    Recognize appropriate placement and wording of parallel information in correlative constructions (e.g., “not only . . . but also”)

    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.

    In their search for ways to extend the human life span and ward off diseases, scientists find themselves focusing not on expanding the diet but rather to limit it. No error

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  4. 4

    Recognize that illogical sentences caused by dangling modifiers can be corrected by using the passive voice

    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.

    Not actually a member of the genus Pepper, Christopher Columbus gave the chili pepper that name, believing

    that he had found the plant that produces black pepper.

    Answer Choices

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