Choosing The Better Sentence
Choosing the better sentence on standardized tests can be a challenging task if neither of the sentences has any grammatical or mechanical errors. Sometimes, there is a less obvious problem with one of the sentence’s structure or effectiveness, thus making it harder to choose the better sentence. You can recognize these more obscure flaws when you are prepared and know what to look for. For example, writing that lacks clarity and precision tends to have missing subjects, weak passive verbs, improper diction, or wordiness. Inconsistency in a sentence can be detected if you are familiar with concepts such as parallelism, sequence of tenses, and noun-number agreement. There are also common sentence errors that involve inappropriate use of conventions and illogical comparisons or word order.
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