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Ultimate GMAT Grammar Book: Practice Test 3: Q5 & Q46

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Friends,

I need some clarification on the below questions.

Q5. Catherine travels a great deal with her mother and this is the reason she isn’t available to lead the city Finance Committee.
a) this is the reason she isn’t available to lead
b) this is why she isn’t available in leading
c) this is the reason that Catherine isn’t available to lead
d) this is the reason Catherine isn’t available to lead
e) might this be the reason that she can’t lead

Of course a), b) and e) gets eliminated, as they are cases of Vague Pronoun Reference. Between c) and d) the only difference is reason vs reason that. Reason can be used either standalone, or with why, that, for, or infinitive. So both answers seem to be correct. What makes d) incorrect?


Q46. When you enter this antique store, you couldn’t supposed to touch the items as they could break and then you would have to pay for them.
a) you couldn’t supposed to touch
b) you aren’t supposed to handle
c) better not be touching
d) it’s wise to don’t handle
e) you really shouldn’t of touch

Why is c) incorrect?
Also what is b) correct? "tough" and "handle" are two different words and actually have different meaning.

Any insight on these questions would help!!

Thanks,
Saurabh
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Friends,

I need some clarification on the below questions.

Q46. When you enter this antique store, you couldn’t supposed to touch the items as they could break and then you would have to pay for them.
a) you couldn’t supposed to touch
b) you aren’t supposed to handle
c) better not be touching
d) it’s wise to don’t handle
e) you really shouldn’t of touch

Why is c) incorrect?
Also what is b) correct? "tough" and "handle" are two different words and actually have different meaning.

Any insight on these questions would help!!

Thanks,
Saurabh

Dear Saurabh,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

I discussed the first question here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/catherine-tr ... l#p1805371

My friend, this is an embarrassingly bad SC question. If my company published a question of this sort, I immediately would start preparing a formal apology.

It appears that the person who wrote this question did not have any familiarity with the standards of the GMAT: they appeared to be filling in content to the format without any understanding of what the GMAT is or what it assesses.

The topic is storybook-like, not academic at all. This is very un-GMAT-like.

This question is a study of colloquial expressions. I could see that this would be challenging for non-native speakers, but they really are assessing something different from what the GMAT assesses on SC.

As a professional question writer, I would give this question a grade of an F. If the question writer was attempting to write a question that prepared students for the standards of the GMAT, he failed utterly to do so.

Let me be clear: focusing on the details of this question will not prepare you for the GMAT. You need to focus on high quality verbal content. Both Magoosh and MGMAT have excellent content, and I have been highly impressed by many Veritas questions. Those are high quality. Unfortunately, there are many low quality sources available for GMAT Verbal practice questions. I have seen a large number of exceptionally poor verbal questions on GMAT Club. Don't be naive in trusting any source. Read testimonials and reviews. Read book reviews. If an expert from one company says that another's company's material is good, then that is high praise: for example, I work for Magoosh, but I will tell you that MGMAT has excellent material. This is high praise. Pay attention to such things. Don't be naive in accepting all sources as equal.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Hi Mike,

Thank you for your recommendations. I will surely explore those options (Magoosh, MGMAT and Veritas).

What all would you recommend for:
RC?
CR?
Quant?
IR?

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Hi Mike,

Thank you for your recommendations. I will surely explore those options (Magoosh, MGMAT and Veritas).

What all would you recommend for:
RC?
CR?
Quant?
IR?

Saurabh

Dear Saurabh,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

Across the board for Verbal, I would recommend this:
How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score
Across the board for Quant, I would recommend this:
How to Study for GMAT Math
The links in that article are all important: I would particularly recommend the one on number sense.

Here's a three-month study plan that covers everything.

If you have the time & resources, I would recommend getting both the entire MGMAT set and signing up for Magoosh. If you hear everything covered in two different ways, you will really understand it deeply.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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Thank you Mike for your inputs :). It seems your link for 'How to Study for GMAT Math' is not working. But nevermind.. I can search on your website. Thanks again!!
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chaudhurysr wrote:
Thank you Mike for your inputs :). It seems your link for 'How to Study for GMAT Math' is not working. But nevermind.. I can search on your website. Thanks again!!

Dear Saurabh,
Thanks for pointing that out! :-) I just fixed the link to the "How to Study for GMAT Math" blog.
Mike :-)
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