Consistency is the first thing you have to remember about verb tense. While that may sound pretty straightforward, on the SAT, it is easier to lose track of the proper tenses.
The conditional tense is rarely tested on the SAT, and usually when it is, the answer jumps out at you because it just sounds weird. An easy way to think of the conditional tense is as the “if” tense. It describes something that hasn’t happened but that could happen. Take a look: 1) If I […]
One of the errors that SAT writing multiple choice questions check for can be a little controversial because they’re not always exactly wrong. It’s actually a bit subjective. Here are a couple sentences with pretty much the exact same meaning. Are either of them incorrect? 1. My wig was stolen! 2. Somebody stole my wig! The […]
Do you know your perfect tense from your past tense? Do you know whether you can mix past tense with present perfect? Below are a few questions to help you hone your grammar chops! 1. Before moving to New York, she has lived in California for five years. 2. Ever since I was a child, […]
Two of the more confusing tenses in English are the present perfect and the past perfect. What makes them so is both describe continuous actions. To illustrate, let’s take a look at the following sentences: 1) Last night, I walked my dog. 2) I have walked Bucky every night for the last two years. In […]
Before you start, you may want to read the Writing Essentials Subject-Verb Agreement post. If you feel you ‘got it’, then have a go at these five questions. They are not easy, so good luck! 1. The number of Americans living in rural areas have decreased (A) to unprecedented levels, with (B)most farmers saying that their days (C)in […]
Listen up! What I am about to tell you will boost your SAT score by as much as 50 points. That’s right – it’s SAT’s favorite grammar trap on the Writing Section: Subject-Verb Agreement error. (Misplaced modifier is its second favorite!). Have a look at this identify the error sentence and see if you can […]