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Archive | Verb Tenses

The Infinitive of Purpose on GMAT Sentence Correction

First, some practice questions. 1) Snakes molt their skins regularly, for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and for eliminating parasites, like ticks and mites, and this made ancient people venerate the snake as a symbol of resilience and healing. (A) for the purpose of regenerating skin worn by ground contact and […]

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Subject-Verb Agreement on GMAT Sentence Correction

The broad topic of Agreement on GMAT Sentence Correction covers two general areas: (a) the agreement of pronouns and their antecedents, the subject of another post; and (b) subject-verb agreement, the subject of this post.  To begin, here are a few exemplary practice SC problems. 1) The People’s Republic of China, having 1.3 billion people,  […]

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Verb Forms on the GMAT Sentence Correction

First, a few practice Sentence Correction questions about verbs. 1) Next October, the commission’s delegation will visit the Prince of Westphalia, contributing the largest amounts to the commission over each of the last seven years. (A) contributing (B) having contributed (C) who contributed (D) who has contributed (E) who had contributed 2) The Federal investigators […]

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Verbs that Require Infinitives on the GMAT

Some verbs require the infinitive, and the GMAT expects you to know them. First, consider a couple practice Sentence Correction problems exploring these idioms. 1) The Sherpa people, indigenous to the mountainous regions of eastern Nepal, are known to have their ability of performing with ease the demanding tasks of mountaineering at some of the […]

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GMAT Grammar Rules: Parallelism and Verb Tenses

Introduction: parallelism Parallelism is one of the GMAT’s favorite grammatical structures.  Probably almost half of all SC questions involve parallelism of some kind.  Of course, one can put nouns or adjectives into parallel, but what’s the fun of that?  Parallelism only gets interesting when you put entire verbs or verb phrases (e.g. infinitive phrases, participial […]

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GMAT Verb Tenses: The Perfect Tenses

Master these tricky tenses that the GMAT loves! Verbs are action words, and verb tenses indicate something about when that action took place.  The most basic tenses are Past, Present, and Future — those are useful for one-time open-and-shut actions. 1) King John signed the Magna Carta in Runnymede Meadow on June 15, 1215. 2) […]

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GMAT Verbs: Progressive Tense

We use verb tense to indicate the time of the action of the verb.  Of course, the basic meat-and-potato tenses are past, present, and future.  GMAT grammar would be very easier if these were the only tenses you had to know.  But life is complicated, and therefore so is grammar.  This article examines a variation […]

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