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SAT Tip of the Week: How to Find Idiomatic Errors on Test Da  [#permalink]

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28 May 2014, 16:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: SAT Tip of the Week: How to Find Idiomatic Errors on Test Day Of the errors on the SAT, the idiomatic error can seem to be the most difficult to spot. Though these kinds of errors are particularly tricky, there are some clear steps that can be taken to help prepare for the dreaded error of idiom.What is an idiomatic error?Essentially, an error of idiom is a mistake in the word or words, often prepositions, that are used in association with other words, often verbs. An example would be the previous phrase, “used in association with”. It would be incorrect to say “used for association with” or “used in association to”. There are literally thousands of idiomatic phrases in English. For this reason, it can be very difficult to strengthen this particular skill, though there are ways to increase one’s ability to spot an idiomatic error.How can I strengthen this skill?The first step is to be aware that idiomatic errors are most likely errors in the choice of the preposition being used. Often on the writing portion of the SAT, there are words or phrases that are underlined which could, hypothetically, contain an error. For instance, the verb in a sentence might be underlined because SAT writing problems contain errors with subject verb agreement, verb tense agreement, and so on. Most prepositions that are underlined on the SAT indicate possible idiomatic errors.To be clear, this is not to say that most SAT questions with underlined prepositions contain idiomatic errors, this is simply to say that idiomatic errors are most commonly found in prepositions, so the primary error to check for when a preposition is underlined is an error of idiom. Identifying the prepositions is the first step in checking for an idiomatic error.The second step is to try to identify the verb or other words the preposition is associated with and attempt to use the whole phrase in a different context to figure out whether or not the phrase is viable. Say we had an example like this:“The inclination that the child had for reflexively putting questions back towards those asking them was as ingenious as it was irritating.”Let’s imagine that “toward” is underlined in the above example. “Toward” is a preposition and is thus a prime suspect for an idiomatic error. As the sentence is, it is difficult to know whether or not “toward” is being used properly. To test its use, we can construct a new phrase that uses the verb phrase “put questions” and “toward”. Is it correct to say “Let me put this question toward you”? It sounds a bit funny, doesn’t it? It sounds much less strange to say “Let me put this question to you”. By using this little trick it is much easier to see that the above example has an error of idiom and should use the preposition “to” instead of “toward”Idiomatic errors can be tricky to spot, but trust your instincts when you put the preposition and accompanying words in a new context. If it sounds wrong, it probably is. Also, the more a person reads and is exposed to language, the easier these types of problems become, so be sure to continue to expose yourself to lots of SAT passages and questions and continue to read for pleasure as well. It’s cheaper than a movie to go out and grab something from the used book store, and it can help to improve your score on the SAT. Happy studying.Plan on taking the SAT soon? We run a free online SAT prep seminar every few weeks. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!David Greenslade is a Veritas Prep SAT instructor based in New York. His passion for education began while tutoring students in underrepresented areas during his time at the University of North Carolina. After receiving a degree in Biology, he studied language in China and then moved to New York where he teaches SAT prep and participates in improv comedy. Read more of his articles here, including How I Scored in the 99th Percentile and How to Effectively Study for the SAT.
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29 May 2014, 07:00
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GMAT Tip of the Week: Free Points On Sentence Correction  [#permalink]

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30 May 2014, 09:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: GMAT Tip of the Week: Free Points On Sentence Correction While summer hasn’t officially started with the solstice coming in a few weeks, this post-Memorial-Day short week and a final farewell to winter weather has started the summer season in earnest for most Northern Hemispherians. And thus beginneth the season of sentences like:It’s not only the heat but also the humidity.andBoth the heat and the humidity have been awful this summer.And while you lament the oppressive heat waves with such sentences this summer, you can not only wish you had air conditioning but also prepare for the GMAT. “Not only…but also;” “Both _____ and ______;” “Just as X, so Y;” and other similar phrases should be free points for you on the GMAT if you heed this advice (which is not only valid GMAT advice but also terrific summertime skin care advice):Cover up.As an example, consider this partial sentence correction question:This weekend, Anna will either go surfing at Paradise Cove or sailing at Montego Marina.(A) go surfing at Paradise Cove or sailing(B) surf at Paradise Cove or she will sail(C) go surfing at Paradise Cove or go sailingThe technique? Cover up everything from “either” through “or” (or from “not only” through “but also” or from “both” through “and” when you see those structures) and if the sentence doesn’t still make sense, it’s wrong. Try it:(A) This weekend, Anna will…sailing at Montego Marina.(B) This weekend, Anna will…she will sail at Montego Marina(C) This weekend, Anna will…go sailing at Montego MarinaAs you should see, C is the only one that makes sense, so it has to be right. The reason? These “structures that split in two” require parallel construction – if there’s a verb right after “either” there has to be a verb right after “or.” But if the subject comes right after “either,” there has to be a subject (like she) right after “or.” And the byproduct of that is that if that parallel structure is broken, the second half of the sentence won’t make sense – it will either be missing an important word or it will include a redundant word or phrase (like “it will”).So when you see any of these constructions:Both X and YEither X or YNeither X nor YJust as X, so YNot only X, but also YSeize the opportunity and cover up everything between (and including) those structural phrases. If the resulting sentence doesn’t make sense, that answer is wrong. And since people often struggle mightily with parallel structures, the “Cover Up” strategy should give you free points on that question. So while you may not be a fan of either the heat or the humidity this summer, paying attention to parallel structure when you issue those complaints can help you get into both Harvard and into Stanford in the fall.Are you studying for the GMAT? We have free online GMAT seminars running all the time. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!By Brian Galvin
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Rounding Rules on the GMAT: Slip to the Side and Look for a   [#permalink]

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02 Jun 2014, 09:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Rounding Rules on the GMAT: Slip to the Side and Look for a Five! The famous rounding song by Joe Crone is pretty much all you need to solve the trickiest of rounding questions on GMAT:You just slip to the side, and you look for a five.Well if the number that you see is a five or more,You gotta round up now, that’s for sure.If the number that you see is a four or less,   You gotta round down to avoid a mess.To put it in our own words, when we round a decimal, we drop the extra decimal places and apply certain rules:-          If the first dropped digit is 5 or greater, we round up the last digit that we keep.-          If the first dropped digit is 4 or smaller, we keep the last digit that we keep, the same.For Example, we need to round the following decimals to two digits after decimal:(a) 3.857We drop 7. Since 7 is ‘5 or greater’, we are left with 3.86(b) 12.983We drop 3. Since 3 is ‘4 or smaller’, we are left with 12.98(c) 26.75463We drop 463. Since 4 is ‘4 or smaller’, we are left with 26.75(d) 8.9675We drop 75. Since 7 is ‘5 or greater’, we are left with 8.97Note example (c) carefully:When we round 26.75463 to two decimal places, we do not start rounding from the rightmost digit i.e. this is incorrect: 26.75463 becomes 26.7546 which becomes 26.755 which further becomes 26.76 – this is not correct. .00463 is less than .005 and hence should be ignored. You only need to worry about the digit right next to the digit you are keeping. Just slip to the side, and look for a five!A logical question arises: what happens when we have, say, 2.5 and we need to round it to the nearest integer? 2.5 is midway between 2 and 3. In that case, why do we round the number up, as the rule suggests? Note that a 2.5 is a tie and we have many tie breaking rules that can be used. They are ‘Round half to odd’, ‘Round half to even’, ‘Round up’, ‘Round down’, ‘Round towards 0’, ‘Round away from 0’ etc. We don’t need to worry about all these since GMAT uses only Round up i.e. 2.5 will be rounded up to 3.Let’s take a look at a question now which uses these fundamentals.Question: The exact cost price to make each unit of a widget is \$7.6xy7, where x and y represent single digits. What is the value of y?Statement 1: When the cost is rounded to the nearest cent, it becomes \$7.65.Statement 2: When the cost is rounded to the nearest tenth of a cent, it becomes \$7.65.Solution: The question is based on rounding. We need to figure out the value of y given some rounding scenarios. Let’s look at them one by one.Statement 1: When the cost is rounded to the nearest cent, it becomes \$7.65.When rounded to the nearest cent, the cost becomes 7 dollars and 65 cents. 6xy7 cents got rounded to 65 cents. When will .6xy7 get rounded to .65? When .6xy7 lies anywhere in the range .6457 to .6547. Note that in all these cases, when you round the number to 2 digits, it will become .65.Say price is 7.6468. We need to drop 68 but since 6 is ‘5 or greater’, 4 gets rounded up to 5.Similarly, say the price is 7.6543. We need to drop 43. Since 4 is ‘4 or smaller’, 5 stays as it is.So x and y can take various different values. This statement alone is not sufficient.Statement 2: When the cost is rounded to the nearest tenth of a cent, it becomes \$7.65Now the cost is rounded to the tenth of a cent which means 3 places after the decimal. But the cost is given to us as \$7.65. Since we need 3 places, the cost must be \$7.650 (which will be written as \$7.65)When will 7.6xy7 get rounded to 7.650? Now this is the tricky part of the question – from 7.6xy7, you need to drop the 7 and round up y. When you do that, you get 7.650. This means 7.6xy7 must have been 7.6497. Only in this case, when we drop the 7, we round up the 9 to make 10, carry the 1 over to 4 and make it 5. This is the only way to get 7.650 on rounding 7.6xy7 to the tenth of a cent. Hence x must be 4 and y must be 9. This statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.Answer (B)Hope you see that a few simple rules can make rounding questions quite easy.Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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04 Jun 2014, 09:00
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05 Jun 2014, 09:00
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School Profile: Student Life at Vassar College  [#permalink]

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06 Jun 2014, 09:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: School Profile: Student Life at Vassar College Vassar College is ranked #35 among the Veritas Prep Elite College Rankings. This liberal arts college is located in Poughkeepsie, New York in the picturesque Hudson Valley north of New York City. The Vassar campus has residential and academic buildings in a range of architecture, two of which are National Historic Landmarks. Nestled on roughly one thousand acres of land, you will find everything from formal gardens to woodlands and meadows on this designated arboretum. The college boasts impressive academic offerings and excellent athletic facilities on a tranquil campus with breathtaking views. It supports an organic farm, cross country trails, and community gardens on the former all girls’ campus.The academic program at Vassar College is one of the most elite in the nation. They have a long history of utilizing innovative curricula and continue to be pioneers of educational achievements. Vassar offers over 50 liberal arts majors, including a self-designed independent major. Political science, phychology, English, economics, and biology are the most chosen majors among Vassar students.  The school offers small class sizes that are taught solely by renowned professors—no teaching assistants. One of the key academic facilities is the renovated Thompson Library which stores 25% of the titles from the Federal Depository Program. Another outstanding facility is the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, which serves as an art center and museum. It houses a variety of collections totaling 19,000 works representing every era from antiquity to contemporary art. This is one of the oldest college art collections in the nation.While these two prominent fixtures provide exciting learning opportunities for those attending Vassar, the school has so much more to offer. The Vassar Farm is a unique educational feature; it includes over 500 acres of land with a large part attributed to various research projects run by faculty and students. Extensive division-specific resources, study away programs, internships, research opportunities, and field work are just a few other learning options for students at Vassar. If you want a well-rounded and in depth education that will catapult your life after college Vassar is the college for you.Vassar College knows athletics play an important role in developing a well-rounded person in the world. Twenty-three teams compete in NCAA Division III sports at Vassar, along with a variety of club sports, and intramural leagues. Vassar supports their athletes with impressive facilities. An elevated running track, fitness facilities, various top-of-the-line sports fields, a wood floor gymnasium, and a large six-lane pool with a diving area are just a few of the student amenities in the athletics department. They also provide modern upscale locker rooms and a sports medicine facility that is open to all of their students. This is a dream college for athletes of all levels.A student’s life on campus is what they make it—literally. Vassar bestows a great deal of power on the student body regarding how the campus is run and what the future should hold. Students can start new organizations, attend policy committees, plan conferences, find and fix institutional problems, and much more. Vassar students can shape not only their own college experiences, but also those of future students, constantly improving Vassar. Over 95% of students, along with faculty, take advantage of on-campus housing all four years. Dorms are referred to as houses and are designed to make students feel at home.Each student stays in the same house for the first three years; houses creatively imprinted by the students who occupy them. This not only creates space for camaraderie, but also allows students a little fun rivalry between houses. Senior year students are allowed to choose to stay in their homes or move into apartments on campus. Attending Vassar also allows you to choose from over 1,600 sponsored events annually; you can attend some seriously amazing concerts, films, and lectures, to name a few. There is also a wide variety of student services provided on campus from research and teaching to learning centers and counseling services. Attending Vassar means having a jam packed diverse calendar.Traditions are taken to a new level at Vassar, they take pride in their gorgeous campus and deep historical roots. This can be seen clearly through their many traditions some dating back to the eighteen hundreds. Some prominent examples include the class trees where each class plants a tree each year adding to the glorious natural arboretum that is Vassar campus, and The Book of Matriculation that freshmen sign the first day at Vassar as a symbol they have become part of elite Vassar student community. Be wary of the Primal Scream done on the eve of exam week. There are many more traditions students participate in throughout the year that reinforce Vassar pride. This liberal arts college suits independent and creative students who flourish in an environment of innovation and tradition.We run a free online SAT prep seminar every few weeks. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter! Also, take a look at our profiles for The University of Chicago, Pomona College, and Amherst College, and more to see if those schools are a good fit for you.By Colleen Hill
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GMAT Tip of the Week: 99 Problems But Probability Ain't One  [#permalink]

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06 Jun 2014, 11:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: GMAT Tip of the Week: 99 Problems But Probability Ain't One Some of the GMAT’s hardest Problem Solving problems can be made exponentially easier by keeping a famous Jay-Z lyric in the back of your mind. When you hear the phrase:If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son?What immediately springs to mind?I got 99 problems but a b**** ain’t one.Now, what’s the GMAT genius in Hova’s lyric? He didn’t tell you what his problems WERE, he just told you what they WEREN’T. Explaining 99 problems would take way more than the two minutes you’d have for a quant problem or the ~3 minutes that Jay wants to spend on a track. And, like Jay-Z, you want to be Mr. One Take on GMAT problems, doing things the efficient way and getting to the answer much more quickly. So heed his advice when you see a problem like:Solange takes four roundhouse swings at her brother-in-law. If she is just as likely to connect on any one punch as she is to not connect on that punch, what is the probability that she connects on at least one punch?Now, there are plenty of sequences in which she can connect:Hit, Miss, Hit, MissMiss, Miss, Miss, HitHit, Hit, Hit, Hit (ouch!)etc.Trying to list out all the different ways in which she can land a punch is almost as time-consuming as listing all of one’s 99 problems. But think of it this way – which of the sequences available “ain’t one”; which ways does she NOT land a punch. There’s only one:Miss, Miss, Miss, MissAnd so if we’re calculating the probability among the 16 total sequences (each of two things can happen at each of four points, so the total number of sequences is 2^4 = 16), then if one doesn’t work the other 15 must work. So the probability is 15/16. And the “formula” to use on this essentially derives straight from Jay-Z’s lyrics about what “ain’t one”:For complementary events (when the probability of A + the probability of B = 100%), the probability of A = (1 – “not A”). And most strategically, this can be used as:The probability of “At least one” = (1 – probability of “none”)So if you’re calculating the probability of an outcome that has many different paths, see if it’s a cleaner calculation to determine the number of paths that “ain’t one” of your desired outcomes, and then just subtract those from one.Note that this ideology doesn’t just extend to probability. In many problems, calculating all the outcomes that “are” desired is a whole lot harder than calculating the outcomes that “ain’t one” of the desired. Consider this problem from this week’s G-MATT Mondays session:Matt is touring a nation in which coins are issued in two amounts, 2¢ and 5¢, which are made of iron and copper, respectively. If Matt has ten iron coins and ten copper coins, how many different sums from 1¢ to 70¢ can he make with a combination of his coins?A) 66B) 67C) 68D) 69E) 70Here look at the answer choices – they’re all very, very high numbers for the range (1-70) in question. So if your goal is to try to come up with all the possible coin combinations that work, you’ll be there a while. But what about the combinations that “ain’t one” of the possibilities? Since the maximum is 70, if you find the combinations that don’t work you’re doing this much more efficiently…and the answer choices tell you that at maximum only four won’t work so your job just became a lot easier.With 2 and 5 cent coins as your options, you can’t get to 1 and you can’t get to 3, so those are two “ain’t one” possibilities. And then “100% minus… comes back into play” – Notice too that 70¢ is the maximum possible sum (that would use all the coins), so 70¢ – 1¢, or 69¢, and 70¢ – 3¢, or 67¢ are impossible too. So the answer is 66, but the takeaway is bigger: when calculating all the possibilities looks to be far too time-consuming, you often have the opportunity to calculate the possibilities that “ain’t one.” You’ve got a lot of problems to tackle on test day; hopefully this strategy allows you to make one question much less of one.Are you studying for the GMAT? We have free online GMAT seminars running all the time. And, be sure to find us on Facebook and Google+, and follow us on Twitter!By Brian Galvin
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09 Jun 2014, 11:00
 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Rounding Up Some Official GMAT Questions! Last week we looked at some rounding rules. Today, let’s go over some official questions on rounding. They are quite simple and if we just keep the “Slip to the side and look for a 5” rule in mind, they can be easily solved.Question 1: If n = 2.0453 and n* is the decimal obtained by rounding n to the nearest hundredth, what is the value of n* – n?(A) -0.0053(B) -0.0003(C) 0.0007(D) 0.0047(E) 0.0153Solution: A quick note on place value nomenclature:Given a decimal 345.789, we know that 5 represents the units digit, 4 the tens digit and 3 the hundreds digit. Also, 7 represents the tenths digit, 8 the hundredths digit and 9 the thousandths digit and so on…Now let’s go back to this question:n = 2.0453We need to round n to the nearest hundredth which means we will retain 2 digits after the decimal. The third digit after the decimal is 5 so 2.0453 rounded to the nearest hundredth is 2.05.Thus n* – n = 2.05 – 2.0453 = 0.0047Answer (D)Question 2: If digit h is the hundredths digit in the decimal n = 0.2h6, what is the value of n, rounded to the nearest tenth?Statement 1: n < 1/4Statement 2: h < 5Solution: Given that n = 0.2h6We need to find the value of n rounded to the nearest tenth i.e. we need to keep only one digit after the decimal.Statement 1: n < 1/4In decimal form, it means n < 0.25If h were 5 or greater, n would become 0.256 or 0.266 or higher. All these values would be more than 0.25 so h must be less than 5 such as 0.246 or 0.236 etc. In all such cases, n would be rounded to 0.2This statement alone is sufficient.Statement 2: h < 5This is even simpler. Since we have been given that h is less than 5, when we round n to the tenths digit, we will get 0.2This statement alone is also sufficient.Answer (D)Question 3: If d denotes a decimal number, is d >= 0.5?Statement 1: When d is rounded to the nearest tenth, the result is 0.5.Statement 2: When d is rounded to the nearest integer, the result is 1.Solution: Again, a simple question!We need to find whether d is greater than or equal to 0.5 or not.Statement 1: When d is rounded to the nearest tenth, the result is 0.5.This means that whatever d is, when we round it to the nearest tenth, we get 0.5. What are the possible values of d? If d is anywhere from 0.450 to 0.5499999…, it will be rounded to 0.5Some of these numbers are less than 0.5 and others are greater than 0.5 so this statement alone is not sufficient.Statement 2: When d is rounded to the nearest integer, the result is 1.In this case d must be at least 0.5; only then can it be rounded to 1.d can be anything from 0.50 to 1.499999… In any case, d will be greater than or equal to 0.5.This statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.Answer (B)We hope you see that if we just remember the rules, we can solve most rounding questions very quickly and efficiently.Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Understanding Conjunctions on the GMAT We would like to discuss a bit about conjunctions today – just whatever is relevant for GMAT. We will start by defining the kinds of conjunctions, then move on to the different ways in which they are used, and finally, we will see how they can be tested in a question.A Conjunction is a word that connects or joins together words, phrases, clauses, or sentences. There are two kinds of conjunctions:1. Coordinating conjunctions - Connect two equal parts of a sentenceFurther, coordinating conjunctions are of two types:Pure Conjunctions – and, but, or, for, nor, yet, so (the first letters of these make the acronym FANBOYS) – try to keep these in mind.Conjunctive Adverbs – These words sometimes act like conjunctions and at other times, as adverbs – accordingly, in fact, again, instead, also, likewise, besides, moreover, consequently, namely, finally, nevertheless, for example, otherwise, further, still, furthermore, that is, hence, then, however, therefore, indeed, thus2. Subordinating conjunctions – Connect two unequal parts of a sentence e.g. independent and dependent clauses – after, since, when, although, so that, whenever, as, supposing, where, because, than, whereas, before, that, wherever, but that, though, whether, if, though, which, in order that, till, while, lest, unless, who, no matter, until, why, how, what, even thoughThings to note about conjunctions:1. Two independent clauses can be joined by a comma and a pure conjunction. However, a comma by itself will not work to join together two sentences and will create a comma splice!Examples:The rain slashed the town, and the people scurried for shelter.The policeman dodged the bullets, but a bystander was shot.If you omit the conjunctions ’or’ and ‘but’ above, you will create a comma splice.2. When two independent clauses are joined by a conjunctive adverb we need to insert a semicolon between the two clauses. Note that conjunctive adverbs are not really full conjunctions, and they can’t do that job by themselves. It is the semicolon that does the real job of joining the two independent clauses.Examples:The rain slashed the town; furthermore, the people scurried for shelter.The policeman dodged the bullets; however, a bystander was shot.Note that if we use a comma instead of a semicolon in the examples above, we will create a comma splice.3. A dependent clause at the beginning of a sentence is introductory, and it is usually followed by a comma.Examples:While the rain slashed the town, the people scurried for shelter.Although the policeman dodged the bullets, a bystander was shot.On the other hand, no punctuation is necessary for the dependent clause following the main clause.Let’s take one of our own questions to understand the application of these concepts:Question: Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost; the thoroughness of the design submission was also factored into the decision.(A) Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;(B)   This year, unlike last year, the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;(C)   Unlike the previous year’s bidding, this year the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;(D)   Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the bidding for the contract this year was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost, instead(E)    Unlike the previous year’s bidding, the contract’s bidding this year were awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost;Solution: Other than the comparison errors contained in (A) – compares bidding with contract – and (C) – compares bidding with year – we have sentence structure errors.There are two independent clauses here:-          the contract was awarded not simply to the firm offering to complete the work on time for the least cost.-          the thoroughness of the design submission was also factored into the decision.There are two ways to join them – we can use a conjunction or a semi colon. Options (A), (B), (C) and (E) use a semi colon.Option (D) tries to use a conjunction with a comma but note that “instead” is a conjunctive adverb. It needs a semi colon before it. The use of instead with a comma has created a comma splice. Options (D) and (E) also have meaning errors since they award ‘bidding’ to the firm instead of awarding the ‘contract’ to the firm. (E) is also incorrect in its use of ‘were awarded’. The contract is singular and hence, ‘was awarded’ should be used.Option (B) rectifies all these errors and is the answer!Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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