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How far will your native English skills take you in SC?

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Hi,

I'm currently studying for the verbal section of the GMAT. CR and RC don't present too much of a problem for me, but I was very surprised at how weak I am in SC. While I am studying hard for it (currently working on the MGMAT SC book, which is definitely much better than Kaplan's), I'm curious as to how far you guys think being a native speaker helps with SC? I remember Kaplan mentioned that it may be more difficult for native speakers since they have to re-learn a lot of rules. What do you think?
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Being a native speaker is overall an advantage, simply due to familiarity with speech and vocabulary. But I always tell my non-native speakers that they have a leg up, too: they've studied all the grammatical rules that we native speakers use, and abuse, unconsciously.

Studying for the GMAT may take less time for a native speaker, but it's a necessity. Subtleties such as 'such as' and not 'like' to provide examples (a mistake I literally just corrected in this very sentence!) are incredibly easy to miss if one is used to vernacular.
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Re: How far will your native English skills take you in SC? [#permalink] New post 19 Mar 2010, 00:03
Yeah, I really am surprised at how much I have to study for the SC. Its actually kind of embarrassing that I don't know the simplest concepts (prepositions, etc.).
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