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GMAT Modifiers – GMAT English Grammar

GMAT Tip of the Week for the week of November 7, 2011

This week’s GMAT tip* is to look for a tip-off in a GMAT sentence correction sentence that there may be a misplaced modifier error: If you see a modifying phrase followed by a comma, check to make sure that what comes after the comma is modified by what comes before it. Watch this video explanation illustrating this error in a sample GMAT sentence correction question:

GMAT Tip of the Week: One of the six most commonly tested points of GMAT grammar involves modifiers. Specifically, when you’re evaluating a GMAT sentence correction sentence and you’re looking for misplaced modifier errors, one of the faulty sentence constructions that the GMAT likes to use is to start the sentence with an introductory modifying phrase followed by a comma. When you see a sentence that begins that way on the GMAT, you should immediately stop and ask yourself: Is what comes immediately after the comma what is being modified by that introductory modifying phrase? If so, then you’re good to go! If there’s an error in the sentence, then it will lie elsewhere. If what comes immediately after the commas is not what’s being modified by that phrase, however, then you should immediately determine what should be, and look for an answer choice that correctly makes the change.

For more on GMAT modifiers and to learn how the other five most commonly tested points of English grammar are addressed on the GMAT, click here to check out a GMAT video tutorial called GMAT Sentence Correction – Part 2.

* Each week, one of the GMAT experts at Dominate the GMAT shares a valuable GMAT test-taking tip, strategy, trick, or content item. These tips are designed to augment your GMAT study program and provide you with additional information that will help you improve your GMAT score.