GMAT – English Error Correction Exercise 2

Tell which of the sentences are correct. In some cases, both might be correct or both wrong.

  1. Underprepared for the Test match, Raman’s scores in the match were poor.
  2. Underprepared for the Test match, Raman didn’t score well in the Test match.

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  1. Only in the seventeenth century, Odissi’s development, a classical dance form of great artistic value, happen through patronage of Muslim royals.
  2. Odissi – a classical dance form of great artistic value – began to receive patronage of Muslim royals in the seventeenth century.

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  1. The scientists that made India’s first nuclear explosion were rewarded by the President.
  2. The scientists who made India’s first nuclear explosion were rewarded by the President.

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  1. The box whose key was lost had to be broken open.
  2. The town whose power supply was cut suffered many accidents in a single night.
  3. The doctor who we consulted was very meticulous.
  4. The doctor whom we consulted was very meticulous.
  5. The story that my grandma narrated was very scary.
  6. The story my grandma narrated was very scary.
  7. We had an arrangement where he earned and I spent.
  8. We had an arrangement in which he earned and I spent.

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Answers:

  1. Underprepared for the Test match, Raman’s scores in the match were poor. Wrong
  2. Underprepared for the Test match, Raman didn’t score well in the Test match. Correct

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  1. Only in the seventeenth century, Odissi’s development, a classical dance form of great artistic value, happen through patronage of Muslim royals. Wrong
  2. Odissi – a classical dance form of great artistic value – began to receive patronage of Muslim royals in the seventeenth century. Correct

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  1. The scientists that made India’s first nuclear explosion were rewarded by the President. Looks incorrect due to the use of ‘that’, but it’s correct in modern-day English.
  2. The scientists who made India’s first nuclear explosion were rewarded by the President. Correct

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  1. The box whose key was lost had to be broken open.  Correct
  2. The town whose power supply was cut suffered many accidents in a single night. Correct
  3. The doctor who we consulted was very meticulous. Wrong   ‘Who’ is not the right word.
  4. The doctor whom we consulted was very meticulous.  Correct
  5. The story that my grandma narrated was very scary.  Omit ‘that’ to make it fully correct.
  6. The story my grandma narrated was very scary. Correct
  7. We had an arrangement where he earned and I spent. Wrong
  8. We had an arrangement in which he earned and I spent. Correct

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