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Once one gets passed their perceptions and looks at the score as raw data and a learning tool.

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Once one gets passed their perceptions and looks at the score as raw data and a learning tool.
asked Mar 19 '12 at 02:30 Jill Thurow New member

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How about "Getting past one's perceptions and looking at the score as raw data, it becomes a learning tool."

link comment answered Mar 24 '12 at 13:17 Steven List Contributor
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(1) "get passed" should be "gets past"."Passed" is a past participle, the past tense of the verb "pass". What you are looking for is "past", an adverb meaning to go from one side of something to the other.

 

(2) Your subject "one" is singular while the pronoun "their" is plural.  In an effort to avoid "sexist" singular pronouns "his" or "hers", many inexperienced writers make this error. I suggest using "you" for "one" and "your" for "their" if "his" or "hers" must be avoided. Personally, I prefer to alternate between "he" and "she" throughout the text.

 

(3) "perception" is a noun meaning "the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses" or "the state of being or process of becoming aware of something". The context suggests to me that you meant "preconceptions". Preconception is a noun meaning "a preconceived idea or prejudice". You get past your prejudices, but not your awareness.

 

Hope this helps.  

link comment answered Mar 19 '12 at 03:39 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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