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Sentence Correction :Fixed pair of words

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New post 22 Jun 2018, 05:28
There are some fixed pair of words which are quite useful in Sentence correction questions.If starting word appears then there are more than likely that other part of pair would also come. Examples :

between X and Y

both X and Y

not only X but also Y

neither X nor Y

Either X or Y

From X to Y

not X but Y

Not X rather Y

not X but rather Y

X rather than Y

X other than Y

X is to Y what A is to B

X is to Y as A is to B

X is cited as Y

prefer X to Y

require X to Y

declare X Y

X is determined by Y

derive X from Y

X affects Y

X has an effect on Y

combination of X and Y

think of X as Y



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New post 26 Jun 2018, 12:05
Some of the items on your list are related to parallelism. They're what we call 'closed markers'. between X and Y, both X and Y, not only X but also Y, and either X or Y, along with several others, are all closed markers. They create a list of two items that need to match grammatically: X and Y.

Many of the rest are idioms. Some idioms consist of multiple words - a lot of the time, the first word will be a verb, and the second word will be a particular preposition that usually goes with that verb. For a silly example - you'd say 'I bought it from the store', not 'I bought it by the store.' From, not by. The GMAT doesn't test these too often, but it's worth memorizing the common ones.

They're both covered in the MPrep Sentence Correction guide! :)
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