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My SC is weak and I want to improve my SC, for the GMAT and also for personal/professional development.

I realize that GMAT SC rules might be a bit different than standard English, but do you have any ideas on how I can incorporate SC into my everyday activities?

Should I start criticizing my writing after every (or few) sentence that I write; it seems like this would take A LOT of time. I know that MS Word or other Softwares like Grammarly criticize your writing, but I am not sure GMAT SC uses the same rules as them. Is there a GMAT specific software that can give feedback on writing?
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New post 18 May 2020, 22:54
Hello, i have a suggestion(it might be different from what you are asking for).
While solving an SC question, try to analyse why you selected a particular answer choice or why you rejected the others and match those reasons with solutions provided.Doing this for all available OG questions would help you increase your SC proficiency.
Hope it helps.
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New post 19 May 2020, 06:32
Hi pigisstupid

It is a great idea to try to improve SC through everyday activities. One way would be to read quality newspapers such as The Economist and The New York Times. However, occasionally even these newspapers do not always follow all the rules. For example, I recently came across this in an article in The Economist "Barely a week later, not only have 210m Pakistanis been largely confined to their homes; on March 24th next-door India shut in all 1.3bn of its citizens, too." (Source: https://www.economist.com/asia/2020/03/ ... ty-at-home) This sentence would be incorrect in GMAT because a semicolon needs two independent sentences on either side and 'Barely a week later, not only have 210m Pakistanis been largely confined to their homes.' is not an independent sentence.

I would recommend you to practice what you learn in SC in your everyday writing. For example, I used 'such as' (and not 'like') in 'newspapers such as ...' above because I learned during the course of my SC preparation that we should use 'such as' or 'including' and should not use 'like' when providing examples. Previously I used to use 'like' and 'such as' interchangeably.

I just realized that in my sentence above 'However, occasionally even these newspapers do not always follow all the rules.', it is redundant to use both 'occasionally' and 'always'. So it is better to get rid of one of these two words. Start noticing such issues in your own writings and try to write in the GMAT way.
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New post 19 May 2020, 12:55
My advice is to read, read and read! By reading quality writing such as The Economist and Bloomberg, you will improve your English ability sub-consciously. Of course, you are also widening your general knowledge at the same time and that is always good!
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New post 19 May 2020, 23:31
I think most replies here have hit the nail on the head. A great way to improve SC and verbal in general is to read.

The Economist is a good resource for this as the articles are in depth and challenging (weekly periodicals tend to be better than daily ones).

As you read pay attention to SC structures. Look for the verb agreement. It's there in every sentence. Look for pronouns. Look for parallelism...

Some of this stuff will be easy to spot. Some of it, especially as you're starting out, will be very challenging.

The key is: stick with it in a high quality way. You will improve. Here's a post on using Economist articles to improve GMAT verbal. There are also a bunch of articles that we've summarized so you can keep yourself honest in terms of what you're understanding. Hope that is helpful.

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