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Sentence Correction: Preposition Questions - Split Constructions

Although John never means to do harm or hurt Jane, he sometimes reduces her to tears.

This answer choice is grammatically incorrect.

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While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it is stylistically flawed - redundant -  as a result of replacing the single word Although with the four-word phrase Despite the fact that.

While this answer choice corrects the original mistake, it creates a Subject Verb agreement mistake: the singular subject John does not agree with the plural verb mean.  

Did you notice the word means was changed to mean?

Well done!

This answer choice repeats the original Split Construction mistake.

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In addition, this answer choice changes the meaning of the sentence by omitting the word sometimes.

Noticing such changes is crucial. As you can see, a whole other error is now created with such a change. Always ask yourself why such a change exists and how it affects the rest of the sentence in terms of grammar, style, meaning and logic.

Although John never means to do harm or hurt Jane, he sometimes
Although John never mean to harm or hurt Jane, he sometimes
Despite the fact that John never means to do harm to or hurt Jane, he sometimes
Although John never means to do harm to or hurt Jane, he sometimes
Although John never means to do harm or hurt Jane, he
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