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Sentence Correction Questions: Overview

Is the following TRUE or FALSE regarding Sentence Correction questions?

Redundancy is a grammatical mistake and thus must always be corrected.

False.

Redundancy is a stylistic mistake, and while we aspire to find an answer choice that is both grammatically correct and stylistically correct, we sometimes have to choose between two imperfect answer choices:, one which is grammatically incorrect and one which is redundant.

Example: 1. John does not know whether or not Jane loves him.

              2. John do not know whether Jane loves him.

Sentence 1 is grammatically correct but redundant. Sentence 2 is grammatically incorrect but concise. Sentence 1 could be a correct answer to a Sentence Correction question, whereas sentence 2 could NEVER EVER be the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question.

Well done!

Redundancy is a stylistic mistake, not a grammatical one.

While we aspire to find an answer choice that is both grammatically correct and stylistically correct, we sometimes have to choose between two imperfect answer choices:, one which is grammatically incorrect and one which is redundant.

Example: 1. John does not know whether or not Jane loves him.

              2. John do not know whether Jane loves him.

Sentence 1 is grammatically correct but redundant. Sentence 2 is grammatically incorrect but concise. Sentence 1 could be a correct answer to a Sentence Correction question, whereas sentence 2 could NEVER EVER be the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question.

The correct answer is FALSE. Redundancy is a stylistic mistake, not a grammatical one. In other words, it's not incorrect to use redundant sentences in English, it's just a preference of style adopted on the GMAT where they like it clean and concise.

While we aspire to find an answer choice that is both grammatically correct and stylistically correct, we sometimes have to choose between two imperfect answer choices:, one which is grammatically incorrect and one which is redundant.

Example: 1. John does not know whether or not Jane loves him.

              2. John do not know whether Jane loves him.

Sentence 1 is grammatically correct but redundant. Sentence 2 is grammatically incorrect but concise. Sentence 1 could be a correct answer to a Sentence Correction question, whereas sentence 2 could NEVER EVER be the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question.

True
False

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