Sentence Completion Strategies|
When it comes to sentence completion questions, the word that does not appear is the key to the meaning of the sentence. The words that do appear offer clues to the missing word. If you find out how the words that appear are connected, you find the correct answer. This means that you must know more than just the meaning of the words involved. You must also understand the logic of the sentence.
Start out by reading the entire sentence saying blank for the blank(s). This gives you an overall sense of the meaning of the sentence and helps you figure out how the parts of the sentence relate to each other. If you've thought up the best answer before you even look at the choices, you've started solving the problem in advance and have saved time.
Pay special attention to introductory and transitional words such as but, although, however, yet, even though because they are extremely important forming the logical structure of the sentence. And remember that small words such as not can make a big difference.
Think carefully about the logic of the sentence if it contains negatives, especially negatives in both two clauses. Double-negative sentence could appear very confusing. In many cases the mathematical rule [-(-1) = +1] applies. You can think of two negatives as one positive with some emphasis: "Mary doesn't want to speak in a room where there isn't anybody." can be converted into "Mary does want to speak in a room where there is somebody."
Two-blank questions give you two ways to get it right. Try answering two-blank questions one blank at a time. If you can eliminate one word in an answer, the entire choice can be eliminate. When you pick your answer, read the entire sentence with the blank(s) filled in to be sure that it makes sense.
The right answer must be both logical and grammatically correct. Difficult questions generally have difficult answers. If you don't know the words, don't feel frustrated. Use your guessing and eliminating power to get the most of it. Such power of yours can be considerably improved through practice at this Web site!
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