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Confused :-( Too many error types in SC - Whats the general strategy?

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I've been studying the SC part of a GMAT prep course. To my shigrin apparently there are about 6 errors to look for in SC namely:

1. Subject-Verb Agreement
2. Pronouns
3. Misplaced Modifiers
4. Parallel Construction
5. Idioms
6. Verb Tenses.

There's also a strategy to pick the best answer under "each" error type according to the GMAT prep course I referenced. So, being that there are so many error types, and you're not informed which type exists during the actual test, ....what is an effective strategy to incorporate during a SC question no matter which of the 6 errors listed above presents itself in the question?
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Check for all the errors one by one! Yes, initially it may sounda lengthy process but gradually you will answer right and faster

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Agreed. Too many error types can be confusing on SC. While there are numerous concepts that can potentially be tested in Sentence Correction, the saving grace is that a single SC question is likely to test you on only 2-3 of these concepts.

Hence, you need to develop an eye for doing a vertical scan of the five options, to quickly figure out which 2-3 concepts are being tested in the given question.

For example,

(1) if three options use play while others use plays, you know that subject-verb agreement is being tested. Use your subject-verb knowledge to eliminate incorrect options, and focus on remaining.

(2) Similarly, if three options use played while others use have played, you know that tenses are being tested. Use your knowledge of tenses to eliminate incorrect options and focus on remaining.

(3) Similarly, if three options use it while others use they/them, you know that pronouns are being tested. Use your knowledge of pronouns to eliminate incorrect options and focus on remaining.

---and so on.

This strategy of successively splitting the answer choices, is normally sufficient to bring you down to the final two possibly correct options. Choosing between these last two, might require slightly refined understanding of the finer nuances of SC.
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I've been studying the SC part of a GMAT prep course. To my shigrin apparently there are about 6 errors to look for in SC namely:

1. Subject-Verb Agreement
2. Pronouns
3. Misplaced Modifiers
4. Parallel Construction
5. Idioms
6. Verb Tenses.

There's also a strategy to pick the best answer under "each" error type according to the GMAT prep course I referenced. So, being that there are so many error types, and you're not informed which type exists during the actual test, ....what is an effective strategy to incorporate during a SC question no matter which of the 6 errors listed above presents itself in the question?


These are the basic type of errors that you have mentioned, but there are few more error types you may encounter in SC.

You need to learn about all errors types if you want to score high in SC, and that can be done through practice.

Tip 1. Use Process of Elimination in every Verbal question. It really helps in narrowing down the choices and makes you less prone to fell into trap answers.

Tip 2. Use splits to your advantage.

Tip 3. Look answer choices vertically and remove all answer choices containing the same error.

Tip 4. Learn what you read, Remember what you learn, Implement correctly what you remember.
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