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Removing Fluff from Sentences



Summary
The essence of the content revolves around a strategic approach to understanding and simplifying sentences by identifying their core components: the main subject and the main verb. This skill is pivotal for excelling in sentence correction sections of standardized tests like the GMAT.
  • Every sentence must contain at least one independent clause, which in turn must have a main subject and a main verb.
  • To uncover the core of a sentence or clause, eliminate all non-essential elements such as prepositional phrases, modifiers, and modifying clauses.
  • Identifying the main subject and verb is a critical skill for sentence correction, enabling a clearer understanding of sentence structure.
  • Analyzing complex sentences, such as those found in the U.S. Constitution, demonstrates the application of this strategy by breaking down sentences into their fundamental components.
  • The ability to distinguish between independent and subordinate clauses, each requiring its own subject and verb, is essential for parsing complicated sentence structures.
Chapters
00:01
Understanding Sentence Core
00:41
Identifying Main Subjects and Verbs
01:12
Applying the Strategy to Complex Sentences
01:15
Dissecting the 7th Amendment Example