Subject Verb Agreement Worksheet Sat
A gerund is a verb used as a noun and ending in “ing”. If a piece of debris is used as a subject, then the subject is singular. Look at this example: the subject-verb concordance error is much more obvious. Hurrah! Did you choose the letter E? Remember that the SAT LIKES TO DECEIVE YOU by placing a lot of information between the subject and the verb, including prepositional sentences. So whenever you see an underlined verb, you should look back to see what the topic is. By eliminating prepositional sentences, as I did in my example, you will be able to find the topic more easily. For example, if you eliminate “from Ed, Steve and Rich”, the sentence to “(you) HAT..” which, of course, should be changed to “(you) HAVE continued”. It may seem normal when you first read it, but the answer is B. Before you go to the exercises, you`ll probably have a few grammatical rules swirling around in your head. Let`s look at some common mistakes students make when they start thinking about topics and verbs. Take a look at the following sentence: Interrupting sentences are not the only tactic used by the SAT to complicate subject-verb correspondence issues. Shana, Joe and Marcel are three nouns grouped together (as indicated by the “and”) and are therefore effectively a plural noun.
“What” is used in relation to a single topic; in this sentence had to be “was” “were” (for example.B. “Shana, Joe and Marcel were amazing. . . “). On the SAT, you need to be able to identify what the verbs are before you can search for their topics. Some students mistakenly think that oscillations and swings are verbs in this sentence. Fluctuation is however called infinitive (being, hating, running,…) and swings are called gerund (running, cooking, exploding,…). You`ve probably heard of infinitives in French or Spanish class, where it`s the root form of a verb before you conjugate it.
In English, it`s the same. Infinitive and Gerunds are not verbs, so there is no need to look for the subject-verb agreement. The only real verb in this example is likes. Again, gerunds and infinites are never verbs. Don`t waste time looking for their subjects. In this sentence, what is less fun? The consequences. Therefore, “Consequences” is the subject that corresponds to the verb. There is an error in the subject-verb concordance.
The sentence should be this: another question you will come across concerns the helping verbs needed to form certain forms of tense. Examples of helping verbs are printed in bold below: non-essential clauses are sentences describing a subject, often the subject of a subject-verb correspondence question on the SAT. Non-essential clauses are surrounded by commas. These clauses can be deleted without causing grammatical errors or changing the meaning of a sentence. Let`s take for example this sentence: the theme of this part of the sentence is “the best part of the race with the cops”. Here is the theme “best game”, while “running with the cops” is a prepositional phrase that modifies the “best part”. As “part” is singular, the subject is actually singular and should be accompanied by a singular verb, “is”, not “are”. So we found that subject-verb concordance questions can be difficult, because the subject is often not placed right in front of the verb. Let`s see how it goes with a real ASA question. .