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Discuss your test-specific queries related to the VERBAL section.

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The verbal section can be daunting for test takers, especially for non-native users of the English language. In order to achieve a good verbal score, having an active and rigorous preparation cycle is an absolute must, along with valuable resources, such as this group, that will facilitate a smooth prep experience.

Your active participation on this group will facilitate your exposure to a vast variety of test-prep related verbal material, and will get you more aware of the typical errors that you are prone to make on test day. Here’s your chance to ask and answer questions, and get real-time feedback on them. Since the core premise of this group is “discussion”, you have the liberty to interact with the other members and discuss (even debate) your answers.

As an additional resource, “From English, With Love” is going to be your aid and guide to verbal skill-building in general, and is going to help you resolve those minor, yet significant qualms that stand in the way of a good score.

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  • 2017-02-22 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    This sentence describes two sequentially ordered indicators by which the results of a company’s cost cutting measures can be seen. The first indicator to be identified, a 5 percent increase in profits, occurred after the indicator mentioned next. The sentence therefore needs to clarify the sequence by presenting the first-identified indicator in a clause
    with a verb tense that indicates a later time period than the verb tense in the clause presenting the second-identified indicator. The subject of the relative clause, which, refers to the plural noun profits, so subsequent pronouns referring to these profits must also be plural.

  • 2017-02-22 Elisa Lemos

    OA:C
    This sentence correctly uses the not by … but by … formula. And "or" instead of "and" is used

  • 2017-02-22 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    In this concise sentence, many is correctly used with dioxins, and the subject and verb agree.

  • 2017-02-22 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    The verb tense clearly indicates that the current evidence is about Neanderthals in the past.

  • 2017-02-22 Elisa Lemos

    OA: A
    The idiom "as a means to" is correct in this sentence; "stressing" and "investing" are parallel.

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    Hello there! Welcome to Verbal Wednesday! Let´s take a look at some Sentence Correction questions. Cheers!

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    1. The results of the company’s cost-cutting measures are evident in its profits, which increased 5 percent during the first 3 months of this year after it fell over the last two years.

    (A) which increased 5 percent during the first 3 months of this year after it fell
    (B) which had increased 5 percent during the first 3 months of this year after it had fallen
    (C) which have increased 5 percent during the first 3 months of this year after falling
    (D) with a 5 percent increase during the first 3 months of this year after falling
    (E) with a 5 percent increase during the first 3 months of this year after having fallen

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    2. Recently physicians have determined that stomach ulcers are not caused by stress, alcohol, or rich foods, but a bacterium that dwells in the mucous lining of the stomach.

    (A) not caused by stress, alcohol, or rich foods, but
    (B) not caused by stress, alcohol, or rich foods, but are by
    (C) caused not by stress, alcohol, or rich foods, but by
    (D) caused not by stress, alcohol, and rich foods, but
    (E) caused not by stress, alcohol, and rich foods, but are by

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    3. A report by the American Academy for the Advancement of Science has concluded that much of the currently uncontrolled dioxins to which North Americans are exposed comes from the incineration of wastes.

    (A) much of the currently uncontrolled dioxins to which North Americans are exposed comes
    (B) much of the currently uncontrolled dioxins that North Americans are exposed to come
    (C) much of the dioxins that are currently uncontrolled and that North Americans are exposed to comes
    (D) many of the dioxins that are currently uncontrolled and North Americans are exposed to come
    (E) many of the currently uncontrolled dioxins to which North Americans are exposed come

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    4. Combining enormous physical strength with higher intelligence, the Neanderthals appear as equipped for facing any obstacle the environment could put in their path, but their relatively sudden disappearance during the Paleolithic era indicates that an inability to adapt to some environmental change led to their extinction.

    (A) appear as equipped for facing any obstacle the environment could put in their path,
    (B) appear to have been equipped to face any obstacle the environment could put in their path,
    (C) appear as equipped to face any obstacle the environment could put in their paths,
    (D) appeared as equipped to face any obstacle the environment could put in their paths,
    (E) appeared to have been equipped for facing any obstacle the environment could put in their path,

  • 2017-02-21 Elisa Lemos

    5. More and more in recent years, cities are stressing the arts as a means to greater economic development and investing millions of dollars in cultural activities, despite strained municipal budgets and fading federal support.

    (A) to greater economic development and investing
    (B) to greater development economically and investing
    (C) of greater economic development and invest
    (D) of greater development economically and invest
    (E) for greater economic development and the investment of

  • 2017-02-09 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    If the answer to this question is yes, it will indicate that the plan is more likely to achieve its desired result. If the answer is no, it will show that the plan will not do so.

  • 2017-02-09 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    Th e wide range of flexibility in regards to working hours would make frequent interaction difficult, if not impossible, and would be likely to decrease employees’ productivity.

  • 2017-02-09 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    This supports the argument in favor of legislation.

  • 2017-02-09 Elisa Lemos

    OA: A
    This statement tells us that over the next ten years, a larger proportion of the population will probably be moviegoers and this could significantly increase movie attendance in Washington County.

  • 2017-02-09 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    This suggests that one or more factors other than bats’ shyness and nocturnal habits are needed to explain humans’ reactions to bats. For example, false beliefs about bats would be one such factor.

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    Hello there! Welcome to Verbal Wednesday! Let´s take a look at some Critical Reasoning questions. Cheers!

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    1. A conservation group in the United States is trying to change the long-standing image of bats as frightening creatures. The group contends that bats are feared and persecuted solely because they are shy animals that are active only at night.

    Which of the following, if true, would cast the most serious doubt on the accuracy of the group’s contention?

    (A) Bats are steadily losing natural roosting places such as caves and hollow trees and are thus turning to more developed areas for roosting.
    (B) Bats are the chief consumers of nocturnal insects and thus can help make their hunting territory more pleasant for humans.
    (C) Bats are regarded as frightening creatures not only in the United States but also in Europe, Africa, and South America.
    (D) Raccoons and owls are shy and active only at night, yet they are not generally feared and persecuted.
    (E) People know more about the behavior of other greatly feared animal species, such as lions, alligators, and snakes, than they do about the behavior of bats

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    2. In Washington County, attendance at the movies is just large enough for the cinema operators to make modest profits. The size of the county’s population is stable and is not expected to increase much. Yet there are investors ready to double the number of movie screens in the county within five years, and they are predicting solid profits both for themselves and for the established cinema operators.

    Which of the following, if true about Washington County, most helps to provide a justification for the investors’ prediction?

    (A) Over the next ten years, people in their teenage years, the prime moviegoing age, will be a rapidly growing proportion of the county’s population.
    (B) As distinct from the existing cinemas, most of the cinemas being planned would be located in downtown areas, in hopes of stimulating an economic revitalization of those areas.
    (C) Spending on video purchases, as well as spending on video rentals, has been increasing modestly each year for the past ten years.
    (D) The average number of screens per cinema is lower among existing cinemas than it is among cinemas still in the planning stages.
    (E) The sale of snacks and drinks in cinemas accounts for a steadily growing share of most cinema operators’ profits.

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    3. Wood smoke contains dangerous toxins that cause changes in human cells. Because wood smoke presents such a high health risk, legislation is needed to regulate the use of open-air fires and wood-burning stoves.

    Which of the following, if true, provides the most support for the argument above?

    (A) The amount of dangerous toxins contained in wood smoke is much less than the amount contained in an equal volume of automobile exhaust.
    (B) Within the jurisdiction covered by the proposed legislation, most heating and cooking is done with oil or natural gas.
    (C) Smoke produced by coal-burning stoves is significantly more toxic than smoke from wood- burning stoves.
    (D) No significant beneficial effect on air quality would result if open-air fires were banned within the jurisdiction covered by the proposed legislation.
    (E) In valleys where wood is used as the primary heating fuel, the concentration of smoke results in poor air quality.

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    4. A company is considering changing its policy concerning daily working hours. Currently, this company requires all employees to arrive at work at 8 a.m. The proposed policy would permit each employee to decide when to arrive—from as early as 6 a.m. to as late as 11 a.m.

    The adoption of this policy would be most likely to decrease employees’ productivity if the employees’ job functions required them to

    (A) work without interruption from other employees
    (B) consult at least once a day with employees from other companies
    (C) submit their work for a supervisor’s eventual approval
    (D) interact frequently with each other throughout the entire workday
    (E) undertake projects that take several days to complete

  • 2017-02-08 Elisa Lemos

    5. Scientists propose placing seismic stations on the floor of the Pacific Ocean to warn threatened coastal communities on the northwestern coast of the United States of approaching tidal waves caused by earthquakes. Since forewarned communities could take steps to evacuate, many of the injuries and deaths that would otherwise occur could be avoided if the government would implement this proposal.

    The answer to which of the following questions would be most important in determining whether implementing the proposal would be likely to achieve the desired result?

    (A) When was the last time that the coastal communities were threatened by an approaching tidal wave?
    (B) How far below sea level would the stations be located?
    (C) Would there be enough time after receiving warning of an approaching tidal wave for communities to evacuate safely?
    (D) How soon after a tidal wave hits land is it safe for evacuees to return to their communities?
    (E) Can the stations be equipped to collect and relay information about phenomena other than tidal waves caused by earthquakes?

  • 2017-01-25 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    The sentence clearly compares "plants" to "fungi", and "in the form of carbon dioxide" correctly modifies "carbon".

  • 2017-01-25 Elisa Lemos

    OA:E
    Correct idiom and parallel structure.

  • 2017-01-25 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    A, C and D have parallelism problems. E corrects the parallelism issue but the phrase "helping the producing"
    is an incorrect construction in English.

  • 2017-01-25 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    Correct idiom (estimated to be) and noun/verb agreement.

  • 2017-01-25 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    This alternative corrects the comparison error of A and the awkwardness of the other alternatives.

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    Hello, guys! Welcome to another Verbal Wednesday! Let's take a look at some more Sentence Correction questions!

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    1. Unlike the conviction held by many of her colleagues that genes were relatively simple and static, Barbara McClintock adhered to her own more complicated ideas about how genes might operate, and in 1983, at the age of 81, was awarded a Nobel Prize for her discovery that the genes in corn are capable of moving from one chromosomal site to another.

    (A) Unlike the conviction held by many of her colleagues that genes were
    (B) Although many of her colleagues were of the conviction of genes being
    (C) Contrary to many of her colleagues being convinced that genes were
    (D) Even though many of her colleagues were convinced that genes were
    (E) Even with many of her colleagues convinced of genes being

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    2. Paleontologists believe that fragments of a primate jawbone unearthed in Burma and estimated at 40 to 44 million years old provide evidence of a crucial step along the evolutionary path that led to human beings.

    (A) at 40 to 44 million years old provide evidence of
    (B) as being 40 to 44 million years old provides evidence of
    (C) that it is 40 to 44 million years old provides evidence of what was
    (D) to be 40 to 44 million years old provide evidence of
    (E) as 40 to 44 million years old provides evidence of what was

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    3. Tropical bats play important roles in the rain forest ecosystem, aiding in the dispersal of cashew, date, and fig seeds; pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce tequila by pollinating agave plants.

    (A) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help produce
    (B) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly helping to produce
    (C) pollinating banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and they indirectly help to produce
    (D) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; and indirectly help producing
    (E) they pollinate banana, breadfruit, and mango trees; indirectly helping the producing of

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    4. As contrasted with the honeybee, the yellow jacket can sting repeatedly without dying and carries a potent venom that can cause intense pain.

    (A) As contrasted with the honeybee,
    (B) In contrast to the honeybee’s,
    (C) Unlike the sting of the honeybee,
    (D) Unlike that of the honeybee,
    (E) Unlike the honeybee,

  • 2017-01-24 Elisa Lemos

    5. Plants are more efficient at acquiring carbon than are fungi, in the form of carbon dioxide, and converting it to energy-rich sugars.

    (A) Plants are more efficient at acquiring carbon than are fungi,
    (B) Plants are more efficient at acquiring carbon than fungi,
    (C) Plants are more efficient than fungi at acquiring carbon,
    (D) Plants, more efficient than fungi at acquiring carbon,
    (E) Plants acquire carbon more efficiently than fungi,

  • 2017-01-11 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    This sentence contains a list of three elements, all of which should be parallel. The last element should be preceded by the conjunction and. Therefore, A, B and C are out. Between D and E, E is better. In the construction "create … to take", the sense of "to" is "in order to"; "for taking" is not idiomatically correct.

  • 2017-01-11 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    This sentence depends on the comparative structure x is more than y. Here, an idiomatically incorrect construction x (none) is more as y (the wave) is used. In addition, the second part of the sentence uses the past tense verb brought,
    indicating that the event is over. The verb used in the comparative construction must also be past tense, x (none) was more concentrated than y (the wave). Maybe and perhaps are interchangeable; perhaps is slightly more formal.

  • 2017-01-11 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    The sentence uses the construction not only … but also.… In this construction the clauses need to be parallel. Also, "Someone who" is shorter and clearer than the phrases used in alternatives D and E.

  • 2017-01-11 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    This alternative uses the correct logical and grammatical structure the higher X, …the longer Y.

  • 2017-01-11 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    The subject of the sentence, "two Swiss psychologists", needs a main verb. A and B can be excluded.
    Moreover, the clause that addresses the reason for not taking the studies also needs a subject (most of the studies) and a verb (had failed).
    C - "having failed" is a participial form and as such cannot be the main verb in the clause.
    D - once a verb form is marked for past tense, the following verb forms that describe the same object or event have to be in the past tense as well. Thus, fail is the wrong verb form. The expression such X like Y is incorrect

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    Hello, guys! Welcome to another Verbal Wednesday! Let's take a look at some Sentence Correction questions. Try to justify your answers!

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    1. Warning that computers in the United States are not secure, the National Academy of Sciences has urged the nation to revamp computer security procedures, institute new emergency response teams, creating a special nongovernment organization to take charge of computer security planning.

    (A) creating a special nongovernment organization to take
    (B) creating a special nongovernment organization that takes
    (C) creating a special nongovernment organization for taking
    (D) and create a special nongovernment organization for taking
    (E) and create a special nongovernment organization to take

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    2. Of all the vast tides of migration that have swept through history, maybe none is more concentrated as the wave that brought 12 million immigrants onto American shores in little more than three decades.

    (A) maybe none is more concentrated as
    (B) it may be that none is more concentrated as
    (C) perhaps it is none that is more concentrated than
    (D) maybe it is none that was more concentrated than
    (E) perhaps none was more concentrated than

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    3.At the end of the 1930s, Duke Ellington was looking for a composer to assist him—someone not only who could arrange music for his successful big band, but mirroring his eccentric writing style as well in order to finish the many pieces he had started but never completed.

    (A) someone not only who could arrange music for his successful big band, but mirroring his eccentric writing style as well in order to finish
    (B) someone who could not only arrange music for his successful big band, but also mirror his eccentric writing style in order to finish
    (C) someone who not only could arrange music for his successful big band, but also to mirror his eccentric writing style in finishing (D) that being someone who could not only arrange music for his successful big band, but mirroring his eccentric writing style for finishing
    (E) being someone not only who could arrange music for his successful big band, but mirror his eccentric writing style as well, finishing

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    4. Manufacturers rate batteries in watt-hours; if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer the battery can be expected to last.

    (A) if they rate the watt-hour higher, the longer
    (B) rating the watt-hour higher, it is that much longer
    (C) the higher the watt-hour rating, the longer
    (D) the higher the watt-hour rating, it is that much longer that
    (E) when the watt-hour rating is higher, the longer it is

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    5. In a review of 2,000 studies of human behavior that date back to the 1940s, two Swiss psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size , none could be taken seriously.

    (A) psychologists, declaring that since most of the studies had failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
    (B) psychologists, declaring that most of the studies failed in not controlling for such variables like social class and family size, and
    (C) psychologists declared that since most of the studies, having failed to control for such variables as social class and family size,
    (D) psychologists declared that since most of the studies fail in controlling for such variables like social class and family size,
    (E) psychologists declared that since most of the studies had failed to control for variables such as social class and family size,

  • 2017-01-10 Elisa Lemos

    Hello There! So, the tip I can give you is to practice, practice and practice! Read books and articles in English, watch movies, series and the news also in English and find a native speaker with whom you can talk to. Improvements won't be noticed overnight, but you will notice them soon enough!

  • 2016-12-14 shubham gupta

    Hello Mam.I'm excited to hear something from you. I've just joined this group.
    And I have a request Mam.
    Could you share some really effective tips for the verbal part, not some short tricks but something will helps in instilling english language and ultimately improve given with few weeks.
    And one more: can you suggest some good novels pertaining to verbal which are interesting.
    It would be great if you reply on this. Thank you!

  • 2016-12-14 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    The end of the second paragraph refers to certain adaptations (line 23) that the third paragraph then goes on to identify and discuss.

  • 2016-12-14 Elisa Lemos

    OA: E
    Because, as the passage states, it is more difficult for a snake with its heart close to its head to circulate blood to the tail, and therefore its body is likely to put more effort into circulating blood to the tail.

  • 2016-12-14 Elisa Lemos

    OA: D
    The passage states that in certain postures, sea snakes placed in a terrestrial environment will lose all blood pressure at
    their brains, which is an acute vulnerability.

  • 2016-12-14 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    The passage states that arboreal snakes have hearts close to their heads and not at the midpoints of their bodies, so it is
    reasonable to conclude that any terrestrial snake that frequently assumes vertical postures would be unlikely to have hearts at their bodies' midpoint.

  • 2016-12-14 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    The passage discusses the problems faced by sea snakes when they are subjected to a terrestrial environment and then
    examines terrestrial snakes to illustrate how certain adaptations solved these problems.

  • 2016-12-14 vamshivasanthr

    d)

  • 2016-12-14 vamshivasanthr

    e)

  • 2016-12-14 vamshivasanthr

    d)

  • 2016-12-14 vamshivasanthr

    b)

  • 2016-12-14 vamshivasanthr

    b is true

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    Hello, guys! Welcome to yet another Verbal Wednesday. This week, let's tackle some Reading Comprehension questions.

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    In terrestrial environments, gravity places special demands on the cardiovascular systems of animals. Gravitational pressure can cause blood to pool in the lower regions of the body, making it difficult to circulate blood to critical organs such as the brain. Terrestrial snakes, in particular, exhibit adaptations that aid in circulating blood against the force of gravity.

    The problem confronting terrestrial snakes is best illustrated by what happens to sea snakes when removed from their supportive medium. Because the vertical pressure gradients within the blood vessels are counteracted by similar pressure gradients in the surrounding water, the distribution of blood throughout the body of sea snakes remains about the same regardless of their orientation in space, provided they remain in the ocean. When removed from the water and tilted at various angles with the head up, however, blood pressure at their midpoint drops significantly, and at brain level falls to zero. That many terrestrial snakes in similar spatial orientations do not experience this kind of circulatory failure suggests that certain adaptations enable them to regulate blood pressure more effectively in those orientations.

    One such adaptation is the closer proximity of the terrestrial snake's heart to its head, which helps to ensure circulation to the brain, regardless of the snake's orientation in space. The heart of sea snakes can be located near the middle of the body, a position that minimizes the work entailed in circulating blood to both extremities. In arboreal snakes, however, which dwell in trees and often assume a vertical posture, the average distance from the heart to the head can be as little as 15 percent of overall body length. Such a location requires that blood circulated to the tail of the snake travel a greater distance back to the heart, a problem solved by another adaptation. When climbing, arboreal snakes often pause momentarily to wiggle their bodies, causing waves of muscle contraction that advance from the lower torso to the head. By compressing the veins and forcing blood forward, these contractions apparently improve the flow of venous blood returning to the heart.

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    1. The passage provides information in support of which of the following assertions?

    (A) The disadvantages of an adaptation to a particular feature of an environment often outweigh the advantages of such an adaptation.
    (B) An organism’s reaction to being placed in an environment to which it is not well adapted can sometimes illustrate the problems that have been solved by the adaptations of organisms indigenous to that environment.
    (C) The effectiveness of an organism’s adaptation to a particular feature of its environment can only be evaluated by examining the effectiveness with which organisms of other species have adapted to a similar feature of a different environment.
    (D) Organisms of the same species that inhabit strikingly different environments will often adapt in remarkably similar ways to the few features of those environments that are common.
    (E) Different species of organisms living in the same environment will seldom adapt to features of that environment in the same way.

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    2. It can be inferred from the passage that which of the following is true of species of terrestrial snakes that often need to assume a vertical posture?

    (A) They are more likely to be susceptible to circulatory failure in vertical postures than are sea snakes.
    (B) Their hearts are less likely to be located at the midpoint of their bodies than is the case with sea snakes.
    (C) They cannot counteract the pooling of blood in lower regions of their bodies as effectively as sea snakes can.
    (D) The blood pressure at their midpoint decreases significantly when they are tilted with their heads up.
    (E) They are unable to rely on muscle contractions to move venous blood from the lower torso to the head.

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    3. It can be inferred from the passage that which of the following is a true statement about sea snakes?

    (A) They frequently rely on waves of muscle contractions from the lower torso to the head to supplement the work of the heart.
    (B) They cannot effectively regulate their blood pressure when placed in seawater and tilted at an angle with the head pointed downward.
    (C) They are more likely to have a heart located in close proximity to their heads than are arboreal snakes.
    (D) They become acutely vulnerable to the effects of gravitational pressure on their circulatory system when they are placed in a terrestrial environment.
    (E) Their cardiovascular system is not as complicated as that of arboreal snakes.

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    4. The author suggests that which of the following is a disadvantage that results from the location of a snake’s heart in close proximity to its head?

    (A) A decrease in the efficiency with which the snake regulates the fl ow of blood to the brain
    (B) A decrease in the number of orientations in space that a snake can assume without loss of blood fl ow to the brain
    (C) A decrease in blood pressure at the snake’s midpoint when it is tilted at various angles with its head up
    (D) An increase in the tendency of blood to pool at the snake’s head when the snake is tilted at various angles with its head down
    (E) An increase in the amount of effort required to distribute blood to and from the snake’s tail

  • 2016-12-13 Elisa Lemos

    5. The primary purpose of the third paragraph is to

    (A) introduce a topic that is not discussed earlier in the passage
    (B) describe a more efficient method of achieving an effect discussed in the previous paragraph
    (C) draw a conclusion based on information elaborated in the previous paragraph
    (D) discuss two specific examples of phenomena mentioned at the end of the previous paragraph
    (E) introduce evidence that undermines a view reported earlier in the passage

  • 2016-12-01 KAKALI SANTRA

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    This sentence presents the proper logic while maintaining parallel structure and consistent verb tense.

  • 2016-11-30 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    The use of "and" in this sentence unites the three parallel elements; the phrase "while raising" provides a clear contrast with have reduced.

  • 2016-11-30 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    Using Muller's career as the subject of the sentence solves the modification problem with "spanning..." and provides a
    logical subject for "culminated".

  • 2016-11-30 Elisa Lemos

    OA: B
    The singular verb "is protecting" agrees with the singular subject "compliance", and the participial phrase beginning with
    "requiring" concisely and accurately describes the laws.

  • 2016-11-30 Elisa Lemos

    OA: C
    The relative clause in this sentence has the correct verb form, and its placement makes it clear that it modifies the noun
    French. The clause also follows normal subject-verb word order.

  • 2016-11-30 Necta Mwitory

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Necta Mwitory

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Necta Mwitory

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Necta Mwitory

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Necta Mwitory

    c.

  • 2016-11-30 maame akosua

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 maame akosua

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 maame akosua

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 maame akosua

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Nilay Yüce

    C...

  • 2016-11-30 Nilay Yüce

    C..

  • 2016-11-30 Nilay Yüce

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Nilay Yüce

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Nilay Yüce

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Pankaj Choubey

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    Pl check have replied all Q.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    A.

  • 2016-11-30 Pankaj Choubey

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    B.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    C..

  • 2016-11-30 Pankaj Choubey

    C.

  • 2016-11-30 Savyasachi jain

    C.

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    Hello guys! Welcome to another Verbal Wednesday! Let's take a look at some sentence correction questions! Try to justify your answers, please.

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    1. Cajuns speak a dialect brought to southern Louisiana by the 4,000 Acadians who migrated there in 1755; their language is basically seventeenth-century French to which has been added English. Spanish, and Italian words.

    (A) to which has been added English, Spanish, and Italian words
    (B) added to which is English, Spanish, and Italian words
    (C) to which English, Spanish, and Italian words have been added
    (D) with English, Spanish, and Italian words having been added to it
    (E) and, in addition, English, Spanish, and Italian words are added

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    2. Last week local shrimpers held a news conference to take some credit for the resurgence of the rare Kemp's ridley turtle, saying that their compliance with laws requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect adult sea turtles.

    (A) requiring that turtle-excluder devices be on shrimp nets protect
    (B) requiring turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting
    (C) that require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets protect
    (D) to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets are protecting
    (E) to require turtle-excluder devices on shrimp nets is protecting

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    3. Spanning more than 50 years, Friedrich Muller began his career in an unpromising apprenticeship as a Sanskrit scholar and culminated in virtually every honor that European governments and learned societies could bestow.

    (A) Muller began his career in an unpromising apprenticeship as
    (B) Muller's career began in an unpromising apprenticeship as
    (C) Muller's career began with the unpromising apprenticeship of being
    (D) Muller had begun his career with the unpromising apprenticeship of being
    (E) the career of Muller has begun with an unpromising apprenticeship of

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    4. Recently implemented "shift-work equations" based on studies of the human sleep cycle have reduced sickness, sleeping on the job, fatigue among shift workers, and have raised production efficiency in various industries.

    (A) fatigue among shift workers, and have raised
    (B) fatigue among shift workers, and raised
    (C) and fatigue among shift workers while raising
    (D) lowered fatigue among shift workers, and raised
    (E) and fatigue among shift workers was lowered while raising

  • 2016-11-29 Elisa Lemos

    5. Joachim Raff and Giacomo Meyerbeer are examples of the kind of composer who receives popular acclaim while living, often goes into decline after death, and never regains popularity again.

    (A) often goes into decline after death, and never regains popularity again
    (B) whose reputation declines after death and never regains its status again
    (C) but whose reputation declines after death and never regains its former status
    (D) who declines in reputation after death and who never regained popularity again
    (E) then has declined in reputation after death and never regained popularity

  • 2016-11-29 CrackVerbal

    the official answer is B.
    A - the usage of 'like' is incorrect. We use 'such as' to introduce examples.
    Usage of 'having been ...' is incorrect.
    'though' requires a clause here.
    B - correct answer.
    C -
    'having been taken ...' modifies 'establishing national forests and wildlife sanctuaries'.
    It should have modified 'some protective measures'.
    'though' here requires a clause.
    D -
    usage of 'like' is incorrect.
    'establishing national forests that were taken decades ago' does not make sense.
    We need a 'though' to indicate contrast.
    E -
    we need a 'though' to indicate contrast.
    'having been taken ...' - incorrect usage.
    'great population increases' is not parallel to 'in the intensity of industrialization'.

  • 2016-11-29 CrackVerbal

    The official answer is D.
    A -
    'turning away from ...' must modify Selma Lagerlof. In option A, there is an intermediate modifier - in 1909.
    this sentence is nonsense -
    turning away from literary realism ..., in 1909 Selma was the novelist + modifier.
    The idea conveyed in the modifier is the main idea and must definitely not be subordinated to a modifier.
    B -
    'writer that won' is incorrect. We do not use 'that' to refer to people.
    this sentence seems to imply that we are talking about two people - she and Selma Lagerlof.
    C -
    seems to talk about two people - first woman and the first Swedish writer.
    'winning ...' modifies 'Swedish writer'
    the sentence basically reads (if we flip the modifier) -
    in addition to the first Swedish writer winning the Nobel Prize, she became the first woman. - does not make much sense.
    D -
    correct answer.
    E -
    writer that won - is incorrect.
    this modifier - 'in becoming the first woman ...' is not logical.
    how she became the first woman to win the nobel prize has no bearing on 'selma lagerlof turned away from literary realism ...


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