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# 720 (Q42, V47): HOW TO IMPROVE VERBAL - TIPS

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05 Nov 2007, 18:25
nervousgmat - thanks for very detailed post..

what books have concepts.. I am very new to this prep.. i have nearly 6 months of tiem to prepare. So, i would like medium fastness in start but strong base..

I would recommend Manhattan GMAT guides. They guide you through every step of the preparation process. I especially recommend the SC guide and quant guides for people who have been out of the math world for a while.
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05 Nov 2007, 23:08
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nervousgmat - thanks for very detailed post..

what books have concepts.. I am very new to this prep.. i have nearly 6 months of tiem to prepare. So, i would like medium fastness in start but strong base..

I would recommend Manhattan GMAT guides. They guide you through every step of the preparation process. I especially recommend the SC guide and quant guides for people who have been out of the math world for a while.

Thanks nervousgmat. In addition to regular GMAT books, are there any english grammar books that detail the concepts? Also, in quant, do you suggest any? Since I ahve ample of time, I would like to build the fundas strongly..
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nervousgmat - thanks for very detailed post..

what books have concepts.. I am very new to this prep.. i have nearly 6 months of tiem to prepare. So, i would like medium fastness in start but strong base..

I would recommend Manhattan GMAT guides. They guide you through every step of the preparation process. I especially recommend the SC guide and quant guides for people who have been out of the math world for a while.

Thanks nervousgmat. In addition to regular GMAT books, are there any english grammar books that detail the concepts? Also, in quant, do you suggest any? Since I ahve ample of time, I would like to build the fundas strongly..

Sorry, sarangadhar, but I didn't use any guides other than Manhattan GMAT and Princeton "Cracking the GMAT" which had very basic concepts in there. I recommend it if you really want to refresh the fundas.
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06 Nov 2007, 09:35
Try 'The Elements of Style'. It's a pretty small book with all important concepts explained. It also has a list of commonly misused words that I have seen in SC. Hopefully is one of them. It tells you the word, then explains why it's wrong. It's much easier for me to understand it that way.

http://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fo ... 414&sr=8-2

I've also heard a lot of prise for Manhattan GMAT (red cover) SC book.

I hope that helps!
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06 Nov 2007, 12:01
nervousgmat -
Couple of days back I glanced thru the cracking GMAT in a library.. To me, it seems to have superficial information.. Of course, I did not go thru the questions and explanations.. Manhattan would have been good; I am yet to look into it.

But, these are the regular GMAT prep books that I wanted to read once I grasp the fundas from general grammar books..

asdert -
"Elements of style" -- no doubt its an exceptional book. However, it doesn't have a structure in terms of arrangement of concepts. Essentially a collection of the bits and pieces of advice that Strunk and White considered most important . "What about the rules those are not important in normal usage? Where to start with basic rules (that we might have forgotten to use, since we read them years ago)? Where we are heading on?” such questions will rise in mind as I read this book.

Thanks to both of you for the reponse..

I am looking for a grammar book that covers basic, intermediate, and above intermediate. Of course, i think, I'll not be able to understand advanced rules. Rather, better I learn basic and intermediate rules to perfection.
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06 Nov 2007, 12:52
I support the Manhattan SC book and Elements of Style. Both have helped me greatly!
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06 Nov 2007, 13:29
Elements of style is good for writing and I especially love that chapter about commonly misused words.

However, I don't think it helps much with sentence correction. I think the combination of a primer such as PR and the mgmat SC book is more than enough to ace the gmat sentence correction.
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12 Nov 2007, 00:30
Thanks to everyone, for the responses.

I believe this thread was a "sticky". Just wanted to highlight the forum admin's, if it was accidentally made unsticky.
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27 Nov 2007, 13:11
Nervous,
I'm in the same boat as you. I am taking MGMAT's online classes and they keep stressing that I should take notes during CR and RC. I think it uses more time than it saves.
Did you use that strategy anywhere, or did you not take notes for either CR or RC?
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27 Nov 2007, 19:17
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Nervous,
I'm in the same boat as you. I am taking MGMAT's online classes and they keep stressing that I should take notes during CR and RC. I think it uses more time than it saves.
Did you use that strategy anywhere, or did you not take notes for either CR or RC?

I did not take notes for CR and RC. I tried this strategy but it didn't work for me. My instructors said that you gotta go with what works for you. If you find that writing down key words/phrases to organize you thoughts helps you to answer the questions better, go for it. If you feel as it is a waste of time and you perform better without writing anything down, don't! With practice, you will find a happy medium for you!
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30 Jan 2008, 10:23
I have done the manhattan sentence correction book twice and gone through the all the accompanying questions. I cant seem to improve my scores. I am reading some grammar lessons and taking notes. I just ordered the powerscore sentence correction bible. Once I beat the sentence correction section- I will have verbal in my pocket. If I can do almost all teh sentence correction questions in my og books and verbal supplements is that a good measure of me mastering the topic? Can anyone tell me of any tips to crack the sentence correction section. It seems the more I study the worse it gets.. I am devoting the time it needs to get it done but jsut need a good strategy. HELP HELP HELP
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30 Jan 2008, 10:53
alot of this sentence correction stumbles come from a lack of grammar lessons. I am wondering if there is a place for me to go to learn all the rules being testes for SC. Also , I learn through examples and not the lingo of what the names of each tested rule is. Can anyone help?

ALso has anyone had a chance to use powerscore sentence correction bible? I just ordered it and am pretty eager to use it and nip this sentence correction thing in the bud!
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12 Feb 2008, 01:10
Very good list of idioms. Thanks.
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01 Mar 2008, 20:08
Thanks!
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19 Mar 2008, 04:41
Hey thanks a ton for these useful tips. It is a great starter!!
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24 Mar 2008, 06:58
wow great list
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21 May 2008, 17:48
You are welcome guys. Good luck with your prep!
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26 Jun 2008, 00:08
Thanks nervousgmat. This is very useful. I am starting my prep for 2nd gmat attempt. I had given it in feb 08 and scored 660. I got just 34 in verbal. I have to improve this. I have 7 weeks. I'm planning to give it again in august. (fyi )
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29 Jun 2008, 22:12
Hi,

I have joined new to the club. i am poor in verbal section. kindly suggest me how to improve my verbal section.

I am not able to view the " idioms" from the link of nervousgmat.is the data from the link has been moved? please suggest any other alternate way to get it. Kindly help me.

Thanks and regards
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