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5 deadly SC mistakes to avoid

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A week to go to my GMAT and while analyzing my SC mistakes I realized these 5 mistakes I made. Hopefully this will help you too.

1. Possessive nouns can take possessive pronoun. Do not eliminate any option just because it has a possessive noun.

2. Use past perfect ONLY if there is another simple past verb in the sentence.

3. Use such as to introduce examples and like as to compare.

4. Options having "being" are virtually always wordy and incorrect.

5. "If" is used only to introduce conditional clause, otherwise use "whether".


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New post 28 May 2015, 19:52
Hi rj2014,

Just to point out another mistake in your list of mistakes (No: 4), I would recommend you to go through the following eGmat blog:
https://e-gmat.com/blog/gmat-verbal/sentence-correction/sentence-correction-strategies/ignore-sentence-correction-questions

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I agree with your points, but I would like to further polish three of them..

2. Use past perfect ONLY if there is another simple past verb in the sentence. - Past perfect is used when listing two different timelines, if both things occur at the same time, a past perfect isn't required

3. Use such as to introduce examples and like as to compare. - Use "like" to compare nouns, and "as" to compare verbs

5. "If" is used only to introduce conditional clause, otherwise use "whether". - "If" is used to state a conditional clause, and "whether" is used when you are given two choices, amongst which you must select one.
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New post 17 Oct 2016, 00:09
There is also an exception to the past perfect rule,you need not use "had"-past perfect tense if you use it with the words after and before.

The word since in context of time always require a past perfect tense.
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New post 24 May 2017, 02:59
rj2014 wrote:

2. Use past perfect ONLY if there is another simple past verb in the sentence.

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Hi,
I personally think The above is little distorted .
I suppose the what you meant is -
2. Use past perfect ONLY if there is another simple past verb in the sentence and both are related.
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