Use of “Native” on GMAT

Through this short video, understand the usage of "native", particularly in the context of the GMAT sentence correction questions.

Use of "Native" on GMAT

While attempting GMAT sentence correction questions, there are certain words that you must pay especially close attention to. The correct idiomatic use of such words can shift subtly but significantly, depending on the exact context. These words are often used to set up highly complex questions that require a keen eye and a firm understanding of these words and phrases to navigate. In this brief article, we will cover the use of the word "native" on the GMAT.

How "Native" is Used on the GMAT

In the context of GMAT, there are only two correct ways that the word "native" can be used. This word can either be used in the phrase "Native to", or the phrase "A native of". Here, in the difference between these two uses, the importance of context comes into play. "A native of" can only be used to refer to human beings. Let us explain through the following examples:

Example 1 - The Great Bengal Tiger is native to West Bengal, a state in eastern India.
In this sentence, "native to" is the correct usage, as "native" is being used to refer to the Great Bengal Tiger, a non-human entity. Using "native of" would have been incorrect, as would have any other related phrase.

Example 2 - Although Albert Einstein Was not a native of the USA, most of his research happened there.
In this example, however, the term "native" is used to refer to Albert Einstein, a human being, therefore, "a native of" is the correct usage.

While attempting the GMAT sentence correction questions, make sure to keep this distinction in mind. Doing so will allow you to eliminate incorrect answer choices more efficiently and tackle complicated questions.

This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One Sentence Correction videos.

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