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    GRE sentences: aloft, amend.

    The following are some sentences I've found in the book "Barron's GRE, 18th Edition (2009)":
    The sailor climbed aloft into the rigging.
    Hoping to amend his condition, he left Vietnam for the United States.


    I'd like to ask if the sentences in italic sound right.
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    Please notify me of any mistakes in my posts. It is much appreciated.

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    Re: GRE sentences: aloft, amend.

    The first is okay, but aloft is unnecessary.

    The second is grammatically correct but weird. The person was undoubtedly hoping to improve his condition. "Amend" means change, and while improving is a change, so is degradation.
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    Re: GRE sentences: aloft, amend.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The first is okay, but aloft is unnecessary.
    True, for landlubbers.

    Since 'aloft' is a term used by sailors with the meaning, 'to climb up the mast/into the rigging', you could say that 'into the rigging' is unnecessary.
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    Re: GRE sentences: aloft, amend.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The first is okay, but aloft is unnecessary.

    The second is grammatically correct but weird. The person was undoubtedly hoping to improve his condition. "Amend" means change, and while improving is a change, so is degradation.
    I would say the word 'aloft' implies up and into the elements, i.e., the wind, in all its power and coldness. It may not be redundant then.

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