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Structures in RC for finding main point [#permalink] New post 13 Apr 2012, 11:57
Hi All,

This link

http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... c-passage/

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(3) Know the kinds of structures that you might see when you read a passage so that you can recognize similar patterns and anticipate what The Point might be.


Could someone please tell me if there is a link on discussing these patterns on this forum or any document for this.

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Re: Structures in RC for finding main point [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2012, 10:45
Could someone please reply

also could someone please tell me if there are examples of different tones like advocating/oppposing/neutral that are used in the passage.

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Re: Structures in RC for finding main point [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2012, 15:17
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I'm not sure what the "structure" is that they refer to but at GMATPill - we call it connecting the dots.

Each passage is written by someone, a real person. That person has something to say and usually they are writing with the purpose of communicating something. What is that purpose?
1) Inform the reader - general description of a topic
2) Describe a process and say why it's good (SUPPORT)
3) Describe a process and say why it needs to change (AGAINST)
4) Things used to be a certain way, now it's a new way (CHANGE)
etc...
Whatever the "story" is, you can find out by paying close attention to key transitive phrases (however, usually, although, etc) in areas of high probability (first sentence of each paragraph and second sentence connecting what rest of paragraph might say).

If you read only the "high probability" areas you can maybe label 3-4 dots in the passage. Connect the dots and backwards explain what the passage was about to yourself. You'll see that your comprehension level becomes much clearer.
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Re: Structures in RC for finding main point [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2012, 17:19
I don't think you will be having time to apply these finding when attempting the test. So when reading the passage try to understand the main point and use different rules to answer question's besides main theme question's.
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