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ARE THESE SENTENCES GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT? writing mc practice.

tidal822tidal822 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
1:
[Having] little concern for others, [as well as] [a lack of] curiosity about the [unknown], the woman made an ineffectual teacher.

A B C D or E?

2:
The political [climate of] astable nation can be expected [to change], but [far more gradually] than trends in art or music [do].

A B C D or E?


thanks.
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Replies to: ARE THESE SENTENCES GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT? writing mc practice.

  • mrniceguymrniceguy Posts: 302Registered User Junior Member
    edit, ALL wrong
  • tidal822tidal822 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    but i think the 'do' refers to trends, not art or music. so i think E for the 2nd one.

    isnt #1 - C? I mean according to the parallelism thingamajig, shouldn't it be 'lacking' to go along with the 'having' in the phrase ahead of it?

    i dont know
  • mrniceguymrniceguy Posts: 302Registered User Junior Member
    I think you are right. Sorry, I didn't read the second sentence correctly...

    And after thinking about it, I think your reasoning for the first one is correct as well.

    Where do these problems come from? Isn't there an answer key?
  • tidal822tidal822 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    comes from kaplans 05 writing workbook - just needed some extra practice so i ended up using this too.

    im doubting a little bit that all the given answers in the answer key aren't correct.. or maybe im just stupid.

    someone explain why #1 isnt C
  • MarkSWMarkSW Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    I think C is the right choice to pick, since it does parallel with havING, but I am not exactly sure. I would have put "E" as well if I saw it.
  • tellallyourfriendstellallyourfriends Posts: 224Registered User Junior Member
    what are the answers in the key?

    number 1 doesnt nessesarly need to be parallel... the teacher can have a lack of curosity.. im guess in the answer is A, since having and being are almost never the correct answers


    for #2, does climate have to agree with trends? other than that it seems correct
  • SAT=MyKryptoniteSAT=MyKryptonite Posts: 248Registered User Junior Member
    i thought A and C
  • WinstonChurchillWinstonChurchill Posts: 63- Junior Member
    first one is supposed to be lacking. second one should be correct
  • MarkSWMarkSW Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    "since having and being are almost never the correct answers" - im pretty sure that for this reason it is, I kinda forgot what kinda of grammatical term words that begin a sentence and are "-ing" are called, participial? something like that...anyway im pretty sure having works okay here because it is used as an adjective to describe "the woman" and since a lack of, should also follow the parallel trend "lacking..." it is also be used to describe "the woman"
  • tidal822tidal822 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    i think 'having' is ok too, but i dont get why its not 'lacking'
  • tidal822tidal822 Posts: 182Registered User Junior Member
    why is the answer for the first one E though. or so kaplan says
  • MarkSWMarkSW Posts: 87Registered User Junior Member
    hmmm..my first notion was "E" as well, but i believe C is a good choice as well. I guess since its more logical to go with the book,you should do so.
  • VehementVehement Posts: 957Registered User Member
    C and E

    I think I have the kaplan book..I will try to find that question..
  • DifferentiableDifferentiable Posts: 29Registered User New Member
    I'm not exactly an expert on writing, but I think that the "having" refers to "a lack of curiosity," as well as "little concern."

    I don't think parallelism is relevant because the verb "having" applies to both of the nouns, "concern" and "curiosity."

    Like this:

    [{Having} (little concern for others), -conjunction- (a lack of curiosity about the unknown),] the woman made an ineffectual teacher.
  • coolness_rookiecoolness_rookie Posts: 517Registered User Member
    differentiable, I think if what you are saying is true, then there shouldn't use "as well as" as the conjunction in the first place. and there shouldn't be a comma after "little concern for others"
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