In this portion of our GMAT Review Series, we’ll take a look at a Sentence Correction: Meaning question. One of the biggest concepts regarding sentence correction that we must remember is the meaning of the sentence is always going to be more important than grammar.
Key pointers from this video:
- Begin by setting up your scratch pad to help you ID the Error Category
Write the question number with a line beside it to write any errors you identify in the sentence or the answer choices. You are looking for a category, not a single specific error. In this example, we ID pronouns as the error.
- Intended Meaning > Arbitrary Grammar
We must always remember that the meaning of the sentence is going to be more important than grammar. Identify the subject and make sure that the answer choices agree with it.
- Taking a look at the answer choices to ID any similarities
In this case – “it” appears throughout a majority of the answer choices… as we evaluate it in each answer choice we can deduce that the error being tested here is a pronoun.
- Read literally to identify absurd choices
Plug each answer choice into the sentence to determine if it still conveys the same meaning or if it, in fact, makes no sense.