Concision (1/9)
The GMAT has opinions on what types of phrases are wordier than others. Recognizing these patterns can help me make confident decisions on the test.


But these are NOT absolute rules. In fact, some (not all) published GMAT problems violate these rules. So use these rules for concision LAST – usually there are other issues besides concision to think about; concision won’t be the make-or-break.

Concision (2/9) – VAN Pattern 1 – Prefer a Verb to an Action Noun
Wordy: The townspeople’s REVOLUTION WAS AGAINST the king.
Better:The townspeople REVOLTED AGAINST the king.

**Try to express actions with verbs (e.g. revolt) rather than with action nouns (e.g. revolution). Generally, a short, simple verb is stronger than a phrase with the action noun and a generic verb (e.g. be, make).
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Verbal - Sentence Correction - Advanced

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