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Faulty Predication- Wrong Logic of Sentence Construction

Faulty Predication- Wrong Logic of Sentence Construction

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Faulty Predication- Wrong logic of sentence construction by Verbal Kitten - Saturday, 31 March 2007, 10:26 PM So, you need a kitten to tell

you about the CAT? Fair enough. Starting from today, we will unearth every trap, every pitfall, and every dark alley of the English language. As a person who loves the language, I like people who can write and speak English well. My world is full of words. And by the time I am done with you, your world will be full of words too. Most of you are unaware that the biggest pitfall of the language is created by you yourselves. Most of you MBA aspirants are trying to learn the language because it’s something “you have to do in order to clear your English section in CAT or GMAT.” You cannot be far from the truth. You need to start loving the language because your competency with the language is the most important tool you will need when you are a manager. A good command over the language promotes effective communication. And effective communication is necessary in every sphere of your life. Why? Here’s whyCorporate managers spend 60 percent of their day communicating orally in face-to-face contexts. Much of your time will be spent in meetings, international communication, interaction with other employees, oral presentations, and using multimedia technology. Studies indicate that persons who possess good communication skills also possess greater critical thinking ability. In your personal life, communication exists as a dynamic and essential force in the maintenance of relationships, and facilitates the development of a satisfied and healthy family. Communication, both oral and written, is identified as one of the biggest skills for effective leadership. So all you ‘Hinglish’ mongers, learn English as if your life depends on it, because it really does. To start with, we will take an easy topic in this article- Faulty Predication. Faulty predication is when a subject and a predicate are connected to each other illogically. A sentence with faulty predication tries to match a subject with an inconsistent predicate or a verb that describes an activity that the subject of the sentence cannot carry. Ha! Did you read the first two sentences without a pause or a break in your reading? If you did, you are one more unsuspecting victim of the silent killer called Faulty Predication.

(Faulty predication is not time) Corrected: Faulty predication occurs when a subject and a predicate are connected to each other illogically. but a company can do no such thing. (A sentence cannot “try”) Corrected: The writer of a sentence with faulty predication tries to match a subject with an inconsistent predicate or a verb that describes an activity that the subject of the sentence cannot carry. (Result cannot give) . (This sentence implies that the company believes. Corrected: In a sentence with faulty predication. Here are some more demonstrations of faulty predication: The company believes that the annual meeting of stockholders is a good opportunity for the stockholders to meet the board of directors.Have a look at the sentences once again: Faulty predication is when a subject and a predicate are connected to each other illogically. a faulty predication occurs when the subject and the predicate of a sentence do not make sense together. The result of the recent elections gave a clean majority to the left party. a subject is matched with an inconsistent predicate or a verb that describes an activity that the subject of the sentence cannot carry. In short.only people can believe. The good part is that expertise gained for solving faulty predication extends over to other areas of sentence correction techniques and resolves many doubts. A sentence with faulty predication tries to match a subject with an inconsistent predicate or a verb that describes an activity that the subject of the sentence cannot carry.) Corrected: The chairman of the company believes that the annual meeting of stockholders is a good opportunity for the stockholders to meet the board of directors. Faulty predication often goes unnoticed as the problem is not with the grammar but with the logic (see the second sentence).

Corrected: When on a vacation. Corrected: The greatest change in my life occurred when I moved away from the family. . and the verb “is” requires another noun or an adjective in order to complete the predicate) Corrected: The reason Verbal Kitten is gaining weight is that she eats lots of chocolates. (change cannot be time). (The reason is because suffers from redundancy. A vacation is where people get away from their busy lifestyle. people get away from their busy lifestyle. Pay close attention to faulty predication involving ‘is where. Now try to solve some sentence correction questions based on faulty predication- 1. the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right.’ ‘is when.’ and ‘the reason is because. The reason and is because essentially mean the same thing—both phrases describe the cause. It was just an example. According to Henry David Thoreau. The reason Verbal Kitten is gaining weight is because she eats lots of chocolates. but because it is stronger. By the way.’ The greatest change in my life was when I moved away from the family. (vacation is not a place).Corrected: The result of the recent election was a clean majority to the left party. Corrected: Verbal Kitten is gaining weight because she eats lots of chocolates. The reason is because is also incorrect because the subject “reason” is a noun. I am NOT gaining weight. Ok.

2. 4.D . dated by some scholars to have been Answers: 1. they are stronger (D) the majority is allowed to rule because of its strength. which some scholars date (B) The domesticated camel.E. to assemble (C) is a process leaving the editors. instead of printers. The technical term “pagination” is a process that leaves editors. was the key to the development of the spice trade in the ancient world. to assemble (D) refers to a process which allows editors. The domesticated camel.B.B. not because it is likely to be right 2. but because it is stronger (C) the reason for majority rule is not because they are more likely to be right. instead of the printer. assemble (B) refers to a process that allows editors. but not to printers. (A) to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns (B) if they are quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns to rot them (C) for them to be processed quickly into juice concentrate before the fruit rots when warmer weather returns (D) if the fruit is quickly processed into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns (E) to have it quickly processed into juice concentrate before warmer weather returns and rots the fruit 3.. which some scholars having thought to occur (C) Domesticating the camel.(A) the reason a majority is allowed to rule is not that it is more likely to be right. assembling 4. rather than printers. (A) The domesticated camel. 3. The only way for growers to salvage frozen citrus is to process them quickly into juice concentrate before they rot when warmer weather returns. not because it is more likely to be right (E) the reason why the majority rules is that it is strong. but because it is stronger (B) a majority is allowed to rule not because it is more likely to be right. dated by some scholars at (D) The domestication of the camel. (A) is a process that leaves editors. which some scholars date around the twelfth century B. rather than printers.C. instead of printers. assemble the page images that become the metal or plastic plates used in printing. the assembly of (E) has reference to the process leaving to editors. thought by some scholars to have occurred (E) The camel’s domestication.

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