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Where Versus When on GMAT

Watch this short video to understand the concept of "where" versus "when" on the GMAT sentence correction questions.

Where Versus When 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 words "where" and "when" on the GMAT.

The difference between these two words is very simple and easy to remember. "Where" is used to refer to an object or person's spatial location, meaning it indicates "place". Similarly, the word "when" refers to "time". Let us explain through the following examples:

Example 1 - Where is the event?
Meaning - At what place is the event?

Example 2 - When is the event?
Meaning - At what point in time is the event?

In example 1, by using the word "where", the sentence raises an inquiry into what place the event will be at. In example 2, by using the word "when", the sentence raises an inquiry into what point in time the event will take place at.By keeping this simple distinction in mind, you will be able to identify obviously incorrect answer choices more easily and improve your efficiency on the GMAT sentence correction.

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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