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# Does GMAt SC include the misuse of Commas, colon, and semi-colon ?

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10 Jul 2018, 04:21
Dear friends,

Does GMAt Sentence Correction questions include the misuse of Commas, colon, and semi-colon ? Cause I have been doing some GMAT exercises through the network, and find one website providing such questions, although it doesnt seem to be exist in my Kaplan book!

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10 Jul 2018, 05:46
abdultam wrote:
Dear friends,

Does GMAt Sentence Correction questions include the misuse of Commas, colon, and semi-colon ? Cause I have been doing some GMAT exercises through the network, and find one website providing such questions, although it doesnt seem to be exist in my Kaplan book!

Can you cite an example so it becomes clear what exactly you are trying to clarify.
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10 Jul 2018, 07:30
Do you mean you are coming across a comma just after the penultimate item & before "and" (in a list of items).

For example: Please bring me a pencil, eraser, and notebook.

Note that the Oxford comma comes right after eraser. The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things.
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10 Jul 2018, 08:18
Hi Abdul, couple of instances that are quite frequently tested:

i) Usage of comma: When two Independent clauses are connected by only a comma, the construct is called run-on sentence, an incorrect sentence.

ii) Usage of semi-colon: The correct usage of semi-colon is to either connect two Independent clauses or to connect phrases where each phrase itself is a list of elements. In instances other than these, the usage of semi-colon is likely to be incorrect.
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10 Jul 2018, 23:34
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abdultam wrote:
Dear friends,

Does GMAt Sentence Correction questions include the misuse of Commas, colon, and semi-colon ? Cause I have been doing some GMAT exercises through the network, and find one website providing such questions, although it doesnt seem to be exist in my Kaplan book!

Can you cite an example so it becomes clear what exactly you are trying to clarify.

Dear Jedit,

see the following example:

His collection of World War II memorabilia was one of the largest in the town, he had been collecting these items for many years.

one of the largest in the town he had been collecting these items for many years.

one of the largest in the town; he had been collecting these items for many years.

one of the largest in the town he had been collecting these items for: many years.

one of the largest in the town, he had been collecting these items for: many years.

one of the largest in the town, he had been collecting these items for many years.

one of the largest in the town; he had been collecting these items for many years.

Explanation:
This sentence misuses a comma. This sentence combines two independent clauses without the use of a conjunction. The necessary punctuation for this spot is a semicolon, which should appear after the word "town." No additional punctuation is needed. The correct choice is, "one of the largest in the town; he had been collecting these items for many years."

does such example come on the real test ?

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10 Jul 2018, 23:56
CAMANISHPARMAR wrote:
Do you mean you are coming across a comma just after the penultimate item & before "and" (in a list of items).

For example: Please bring me a pencil, eraser, and notebook.

Note that the Oxford comma comes right after eraser. The Oxford (or serial) comma is the final comma in a list of things.

Your example is a great one. It is similar to many similar questions I came accross. Thus, does such questions come on the real test ?
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11 Jul 2018, 00:01
EducationAisle wrote:
Hi Abdul, couple of instances that are quite frequently tested:

i) Usage of comma: When two Independent clauses are connected by only a comma, the construct is called run-on sentence, an incorrect sentence.

ii) Usage of semi-colon: The correct usage of semi-colon is to either connect two Independent clauses or to connect phrases where each phrase itself is a list of elements. In instances other than these, the usage of semi-colon is likely to be incorrect.

Yes, there are many questions that involve the details you've mentioned above. My question is whether the test makers of GMAT take into consideration such questions ? In other word, does the real GMAT present SC questions that include such errors?

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16 Jul 2018, 03:24
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