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Correct the sentence in {..........}

The increased popularity and availability of televisions has led to the decline of regional dialects, language variations {which originate from diverse ethnic and cultural heritages and perpetuated} by geographic isolation.

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The Achaemenid empire of Persia reached the Indus Valley in the fifth century B.C., bringing (the Aramaic script with it, from which was derived both northern and ) southern Indian alphabets.


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Identify the error(s)

answer pattern : no of errors,error description

Joanne has the ability of walking on her hands,also her twin sister Kimberly has the ability to balance on a tightrope; I,however, try to hide my abilities to juggle,lest others force me to demonstrate.





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  • 1 - ability of is incorrect, ability to is more apt....2-.... 29 Aug '14.
  • And Use "can" instead to make it more concise. 29 Aug '14.
Assumption is the mother of all screw ups !
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guru mishra @gurumishra49 28

1 - ability of is incorrect, ability to is more apt....2- "also" can never be used to join to independent clause, and is apt....3 - ability to altogether can be removed to

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guru mishra @gurumishra49 28

And Use "can" instead to make it more concise

Correct the sentence in (......)

Greatly influenced by the Protested missionary Samuel Kirkland, the Oneida (was the only one of the five-nation Iroquois League who sided) with the colonists during the American Revolution.


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Hi All I m a fresher here wants to go for GMAT ...how much time will it take and which is the best coaching avilable..i m working professional of 8 yrs of exp in GGN  US MNC..,,which are the best books to study ?

  • You should plan to devote close to 3 months. However, no.... 29 Aug '14.
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Prasad Hariharan @prasi55 14

You should plan to devote close to 3 months.  However, note that the application deadlines of business schools for the course starting next Aug-Sep are in Nov-Jan.  So, if you want to apply this year and join the MBA program the next year, you need to really hurry.  


Hi all. I am looking for Aristotle Prep SC Grail 3rd edition soft copy. Kindly PM me if anyone has it. It would be really helpful.

Yet, there really was no known proclivity, or demand, in favour of prohibition among the two dominant political formations in the State.

It should be among or between???


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  • @VeritasGurgaon @kinji.at.pg1 plz give your expert comme.... 28 Aug '14.
  • Hi, I guess that's because GMAT follows American English .... 28 Aug '14.
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Sahil @sahil7389 7

@VeritasGurgaon @kinji.at.pg1  plz give your expert comments..

okeanos
Pravin Singh @okeanos 60


Hi, I guess that's because GMAT follows American English which differs slightly from British English. For Eg : GMAT considers use of " Such as" the only valid connector to introduce examples whereas in British English, "like" can b used


Correct the sentence in {.........}

First discovered more than 30 years ago, Lina's sunbird, a four-and-a-half-inch animal {found in the Philippines and that resembles} a hummingbird, has shimmering metallic colors on its head; a brilliant orange patch, bordered with red tufts, in the center of its breast; and a red eye.

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Birds overcome by pollution and routinely falling from the sky above Los Angeles freeways were/was prompting officials in California to devise a plan to reduce the incident- ......


Answer says it should be was. I don know why.Please explain and if possible give me similar examples.

  • Not the best explanation, but I would still try. Birds--.... 25 Aug '14.
  • This is a Verb Modifier issue. In this case the present p.... 25 Aug '14.
okeanos
Pravin Singh @okeanos 60

Not the best explanation, but I would still try.

Birds-------routinely falling from the sky----------was prompting officials in California-------.

What prompted the officials to devise a plan? The incidence of birds routinely falling. Here the subject is singular phrase 'routinely falling', not the plural noun 'Birds'. Therefore, verb has to be singular 'was'.

Eg : Having good friends is a wonderful thing ( Note the usage of singular verb 'Is' instead of plural 'Are' as the subject is singular phrase 'Having good friends' and not the plural noun 'friends'

osh77
Frayosh Khursetjee @osh77 4


This is a Verb Modifier issue. In this case the present participle falling is being modified.  The "falling" of birds is compelling the officials to take preventive measures. Try avoiding the dependent clause "above los angeles freeways," it'll make the usage of was clear.    



Correct the sentence in {......}

Scientists have recently discovered what could be the largest and oldest living organism on Earth, a giant fungus that is an interwoven filigree of mushrooms and root-like tentacles spawned by a single fertilized spore some 10,000 years ago and {extending} for more than 30 acres in the soil of a Michigan forest.

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