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# basic verbal prep Q

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05 Sep 2005, 15:49
Hi All,
I have been taking princeton review classes for the last one month or so. My mother tongue is not english but I speak very good english. The problem I am having is- the grammar i learned 17 or 18 years ago is long forgotten. When I get answers right, it is mainly because "it doesn't sound right" rather than because I actually understood why it was correct grammatically. I do want to score high and break a 700. So, I am wondering if it would be worth taking a break from doing verbal drills and spending some time brushing up on my grammar skills. What do you think?
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05 Sep 2005, 16:37
I never learned English formally because it is my mother tongue, and 99.9% of the time I can't state the grammar rule at all; I can just tell if it "sounds" right. This is complicating my studying a bit, because the method isn't foolproof. But on the whole, I think you'll be much better off on test date if you have the ability to tell if it "sounds" right or wrong than if you were just memorizing a bunch of rules of grammar. I know from studying languages other than English that formal grammar rules only take you so far.
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05 Sep 2005, 16:40
knowing the basic grammar rule tested on the GMAT is a MUST. know the most basic rules - S/V agreement, Comparing Like Things, Basic Tenses and their usage, Pronouns - this is a big one, Parallelism , Idioms etc. review the GMAT Verbal workbook by Kaplan 2005 it is very helpful. and you can also get a book from the library on basic grammar. i have 2 and they are very helpful. good luck with the prep.

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05 Sep 2005, 19:21
If you can tell "why is something happening" then it will definitely help. As mentioned that the other approach is not full proof, I think some basic understanding of grammar is very helpful.
05 Sep 2005, 19:21
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