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New post 20 Jan 2020, 08:43
Manoj1998 wrote:
he knows to swim(this sentence is grammatically wrong)
is it wrong because the sentence doesn't have an antecedent preceding it?

In real life, you don't necessarily need the antecedent to appear in the same sentence, as long as the pronoun is clear from the surrounding context. For example,

    "Mike went to the grocery store. He ran into his ex-girlfriend. He cried bitter tears while hiding behind a floor-to-ceiling display of Raisin Bran."

The "he" in the second and third sentences clearly refers to "Mike" in the first sentence.

If we are simply trying to say that a person has the ability to swim, we say, "He knows how to swim." But we could come up with other examples in which "he knows to swim..." is okay:

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"He knows to swim parallel to the shore if he gets caught in a rip tide."

I hope that helps!
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Hi Charles!

I wanted some help with a question.

In her 53 years, many spent struggling with the social system that impeded her pursuit of mathematics, Noether had an extraordinary impact on both algebra, which was her main field of expertise, and physics.

A) In her 53 years, many spent struggling with the social system that impeded her pursuit of mathematics
B) She spent many of her 53 years struggling with the social system impeding her pursuit of mathematics
C) Spending many of her 53 years struggling with the system of society that impeded her mathematics pursuits
D) Despite her 53 years of struggle with the social system impeding her pursuit of mathematics
E) In her 53 years, she spent many struggling with the social system that impeded her mathematics pursuits

This question is from E-GMAT, although on Gmat Club the OA is option D ( that's the one I selected), according to E-GMAT its option A.
The reason given for D to be wrong is because it changes the meaning of the sentence because it adds contrast to the sentence that was initially not intended.
Could please help me get clarity on which is the better option out of the two?

Thanks a ton! :-D
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New post 03 Feb 2020, 20:40
GMATNinja wrote:

Ask me anything about GMAT Sentence Correction and grammar



Hello! I'm Charles Bibilos, GMAT Club's resident Verbal Expert, and a GMAT teacher and tutor since... nevermind, I'll feel old if I tell you. :tongue_opt3

This thread is designed to be an absolute free-for-all on SC, and you're welcome to ask me absolutely anything. If your question is related to a specific question or a topic, please provide a link and a bit about what you want me to address.

And if you're looking for very general advice on how to improve your SC skills, try these links first:


Just be warned that non-official questions can be damaging on verbal, so I might be a bit dismissive of flawed, non-official questions. But still: it's an Ask Me Anything thread, so you're obviously welcome to ask me anything. Especially if it involves food. (Because I know you were going to ask: yes, caterpillars are indeed delicious when prepared properly. You're welcome.)

(Edit: because there's a lot of randomness in my soul, I'll answer these questions in no particular order. I'll answer them all eventually, though!)

And if you want to read some of the most generally useful posts on this thread, check out this greatest hits collection.

Sir plz clear my doubt :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/officials-in ... l#p2451808
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New post 05 Feb 2020, 02:00
"Mr. Trump ducked his head, grabbing his lectern with both hands before backing away."

This sentence is from the style editor at the NYT so it should be correct (https://afterdeadline.blogs.nytimes.com ... issteps-8/).

Why is grabbing not the past participle grabbed?
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New post 15 Feb 2020, 07:38
Hi!
I have a question about the usage of "like" vs "as"
"JUST AS the trains were late yesterday, the buses are late today." How is AS correct in this sentence? Since the comparison is between nouns - trains and buses, shouldn't "LIKE" be used here?

Also, is there any rule wherein ONLY AS can be used for comparison? Thanks in advance!
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