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# GMAT Sentence Correction Idiosyncrasies I have observed a

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04 Dec 2011, 05:49
GMAT Sentence Correction Idiosyncrasies

I have observed a number of usage and style idiosyncrasies in SC questions. Some of them have solid grammatical reasons, while some others are just usage preferences. Here is a list of some of the idiosyncrasies (Note: This is just a guideline. Use your best judgment while solving problems ).

1) whether or not is wrong in SC problems.
2) hopefully/mercilessly is wrong in SC problems. (It is hoped is preferred).
3) being is generally considered redundant and awkward in SC problems.(except sometimes if followed by a noun).
4) rather than (indicates preference) is preferred over instead of (indicates substitution) in SC problems.
5) probably/possibly is preferred over maybe in SC problems.
6) whether is preferred over if in SC problems.
7) do so is preferred over do it. (for do it to be correct, the pronoun “it” must have a clear antecedent; otherwise do it is wrong).
8) consider is used without a preposition in SC problems. (consider as, considered to are wrong)

If you have come across any other such usage idiosyncrasies, please specify.

Hope this is of some help.

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04 Dec 2011, 06:11
I don't agree with number 6.

We have to use "if..., (then)..." construction, when we have a cause - effect situation.
For example:
If I study hard, I will beat the GMAT.
If I were rich, I would get marry a Victoria's Secret model. LOL

It is impossible to use "whether" in those cases.

The MGMAT SC book has many of those "idiosyncrasies". It's a lot, but it is important to read it, if your native language is not English. (my case).
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04 Dec 2011, 06:21
whether vs if has also been discussed in the SC Wiki available at

http://gmatclub.com/wiki/Sentence_correction

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If vs. Whether
Whether is preferable over if.

Example
Incorrect: I do not know if I will go to the dance.
Correct: I do not know whether I will go to the dance.
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Hope it clarifies the issue at hand.

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04 Dec 2011, 06:34
crick20002002 wrote:
whether vs if has also been discussed in the SC Wiki available at

http://gmatclub.com/wiki/Sentence_correction

_________________________________________________________________________________
If vs. Whether
Whether is preferable over if.

Example
Incorrect: I do not know if I will go to the dance.
Correct: I do not know whether I will go to the dance.
________________________________________________________________________________

Hope it clarifies the issue at hand.

Crick

The examples you mention don't show a cause-effect situation. That's why "whether" is correct in those examples.

But it is impossible to use "whether" in the examples that I wrote. Try it.

Hope it is clear.
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crick20002002 wrote:
whether vs if has also been discussed in the SC Wiki available at

http://gmatclub.com/wiki/Sentence_correction

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If vs. Whether
Whether is preferable over if.

Example
Incorrect: I do not know if I will go to the dance.
Correct: I do not know whether I will go to the dance.
________________________________________________________________________________

Hope it clarifies the issue at hand.

Crick

The examples you mention don't show a cause-effect situation. That's why "whether" is correct in those examples.

But it is impossible to use "whether" in the examples that I wrote. Try it.

Hope it is clear.

If the examples you wrote were in an SC question, there would be no choice with "whether" at all . Whatever I mentioned above is for problems, where the case for them actually arises. This is the same spirit followed in the whether vs if post in the GMATCLUB SC Wiki.

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