Grammar Builder Exercise – Correcting Mistakes in Sentences

July 4, 2018

 

Exercise: Replace the underlined parts in the following sentences with a more suitable part which is free of grammatical errors, awkwardness, ambiguity and/or redundancy.

 

1. Using digital enhancements of skull fragments from five prehistoric hominids dating to more than 350,000 years ago, anthropologists argue, so these human ancestors probably had hearing similar to that of people today.

 

a. anthropologists argue that these human ancestors

b. anthropologists argue, these human ancestors

c. these human ancestors, anthropologists argue,

d. these human ancestors are argued by anthropologists to have

 

 

2. Like ants, termites have an elaborate social structure in which a few individuals reproduce and the rest are serving the colony by tending juveniles, gathering food, building the nest, or they battle intruders.

 

a. are serving the colony in that they tend juveniles, gather food, build the nest, or battle

b. serve the colony, tending juveniles, gathering food, building the nest, or by battling

c. serve the colony by tending juveniles, gathering food, by building the nest, or by battling

d. serve the colony by tending juveniles, gathering food, building the nest, or battling

 

 

3. Global warming is said to be responsible for extreme weather changes, which, like the heavy rains that caused more than $2 billion in damages and led to flooding throughout the state of California, and the heat wave in the northeastern and midwestern United States, which was also the cause of a great amount of damage and destruction.

 

a. which, like the heavy rains that throughout the state of California caused more than $2 billion in damages and led to flooding,

b. like the heavy flooding that, because of rains throughout the state of California, caused more than $2 billion in damages,

c. such as the heavy flooding that led to rains throughout the state of California causing more than $2 billion in damages,

d. such as the heavy rains that led to flooding throughout the state of California, causing more than $2 billion in damages,

 

 

4. The voluminous personal papers of Thomas Alva Edison reveal that his inventions typically sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly from previous works.

 

a. sprang to life not in a flash of inspiration but were slowly evolved

b. did not sprang to life in a flash of inspiration but evolved slowly

c. did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but had slowly evolved

d. did not spring to life in a flash of inspiration but the were slowly evolved

 

 

5. Hundreds of species of fish generate and discharge electric currents, in bursts or as steady electric fields around their bodies, using their power either to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or also for communicating and navigating.

 

a. either for finding and attacking prey, defend themselves, or for communication and navigation

b. to find and attack prey, for defense, or communication and navigation

c. for finding and attacking prey, to defend themselves, or also for communication and navigation

d. to find and attack prey, to defend themselves, or to communicate and navigate

 

Source: Graduate Management Admission Council

 

 

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