Part 2 – Combining Sentences
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The second part of the exam contains construction shift questions.
Note that the sentence construction section of the test is also referred to as the sentence completion exam.
In sentence construction shift questions, you will need to rewrite a sentence according to the information given below the original sentence.
As in the sentence correction section of the examination, construction shift questions test your ability to structure sentences in the English language which are stylistically and grammatically correct, as well as being punctuated correctly.
From the example provided below, you will see that the construction shift sentences in part 1 are quite different in format than those in the sentence correction part of the exam.
Students often find construction shift questions difficult because they require the use of abstract reasoning to construct the new sentence.
In other words, for the sentence construction part of the test, you will need to re-write the new sentence mentally in your own head.
Then you will choose the correct version of the re-written sentences from the answer choices provided.
The construction shift section is also challenging for students because it requires a more advanced level of grammatical skills in the English language.
For instance, subordinating and coordinating phrases and clauses within sentences feature prominently of this part of the test.
Sentence Construction Example
Here is a sentence construction shift question:
If she hadn’t squandered her money, she wouldn’t have so many financial problems.
Rewrite, beginning with: She has so many financial problems …
The next words will be:
A. because she
B. since it didn’t
C. although there
D. without squandering
The correct answer to the example above is A.
The new sentence would be constructed as follows: She has so many financial problems because she squanders her money.
Remember that “because” is used to join subordinate clauses to sentences. Subordinate clauses contain a linker (because), a grammatical subject (she), and a verb (squander), but they cannot stand alone as complete sentences.
Our study guide gives specific examples and help with sentence subordination and coordination to help you learn the advanced skills which students often find troublesome on this part of the exam.
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