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# Sentence Correction: Preposition Questions - Split Constructions

John would like to get Jane a Split Construction for her birthday. What MUST he get?

A verb and an object are the normal construction. There's no split.

Example: John loves Jane.

The object Jane follows the verb loves.

Nothing splits them.

A verb, a preposition and an object are the normal construction. There's no split.

Well done!

Two verbs and an object create a split - the second verb comes between the first verb and the object:

Example: John cares about (1) and loves (2) Jane.

The preposition about links the object Jane with the verb cares. The verb loves comes between (splits) cares about and Jane.

The whole point of a Split Construction is that two verbs share the same object.

Example: John plays and teaches tennis.

If there are two verbs and two objects, there is no split. In other words, nothing separates the verbs from their objects:

Example: John plays tennis and teaches golf.

You're a lot more correct than incorrect, but the correct answer is 100% correct, not just 90%.

A Split Construction does not have to include a preposition. Two verbs that are followed by a common object are enough.

Example: John loves and adores Jane.

It is true that in Split Construction GMAT questions the first verb requires a preposition, but this question asks about the grammatical structure, not the common Sentence Correction mistake associated with it. The grammatical structure Split Constructions does not necessarily include a preposition.

A Split Construction does not have to include a preposition. Two verbs that are followed by a common object are enough.

Example: John loves and adores Jane.

It is true that in Split Construction GMAT questions the first verb requires a preposition, but this question asks about the grammatical structure, not the common Sentence Correction mistake associated with it. The grammatical structure Split Constructions does not necessarily include a preposition.

a verb and an object
a verb, a preposition and an object
two verbs and an object
two verbs and two objects
two verbs, a preposition, and an object
two verbs, two prepositions, and an object
two verbs, a preposition and two objects
two verbs, two prepositions, and two objects