Friday, October 26, 2018

WARNING: These Grammar Errors Will Lower Your TOEFL Grade

Is studying up on grammar during your review period really necessary for TOEFL success? Yes, it certainly is! Just because the exam doesn’t have any items that tackle grammar specifically, doesn’t mean that your grammar skills won’t affect your test results. So, include English grammar in your study list.

Below are some of the most common grammar mistakes that TOEFL takers commit.
Make sure you don’t do any of them, especially in the writing and speaking exam.

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      1.    Misusing “a” and “the”
If you’re preparing with a center of TOEFL review in the Philippines, this is one of the first grammar mistakes that your instructor will tell you to watch out for. Consider the following points to avoid confusing these two articles.

Use “the”:
·         with superlatives (e.g., This is the best pizza ever!);
·         with ordinal numbers (e.g., I stay on the third floor of the building.);
·         when talking about something specific or defined; and
·         when talking about something that was previously mentioned.

Use “a” when talking about something general or undefined.

       2.    Confusing certain words and phrases
Here’s a list of the some of the most common words and phrases that TOEFL takers often misuse.

·         your (indicates ownership) – you’re (is a contraction of you are)
·         their (indicates ownership) – they’re (is a contraction of they are)
·         advise (verb) – advice (noun)
·         affect (verb) – effect (noun)
·         accept (verb, to receive) – except (preposition, means “excluding”)
·         historical (means “related to history”) – historic (means “famous”)
·         between (indicates the relationship of one to another) – among (indicates a loose relationship of several items

Examinees usually mix these up because of their similar spelling, pronunciation or denotation. Be mindful of how you use them. Enroll in a TOEFL review center in Cebu to learn more commonly misused words and phrases.

       3.    Misarranging adjective order
While it’s seldom wise to do so, using a lot of adjectives is undoubtedly the fastest way to describe something. So, if it’s unavoidable, go for it! Just make sure that the adjectives you use are arranged correctly. Here’s the correct order of adjectives.

·         quantity/number
·         quality (e.g., good, bad, etc.)
·         size
·         shape
·         age
·         color
·         nationality
·         material

       4.    Having run-on sentences
Run-on sentences happen when two or more independent clauses are merged incorrectly in a single sentence. They’re a common issue—one that you can’t afford to commit when you take the test. Not only are they grammatically incorrect, but they’ll also make it difficult for TOEFL scorers to follow and understand your essay. Here are some things you can do to avoid having run-on sentences.

·         Divide the independent clauses with a period.
·         Divide the clauses with a semi-colon.
·         Divide the clauses with a semi-colon and a linking word (e.g., however, thus, therefore, also, etc.).
·         Divide the clauses with a comma and coordinating conjunction (e.g., and, but, yet, so, etc.).

Keep these in mind when you answer the writing exams provided by your center for TOEFL review in the Philippines.

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