SAT GRAMMAR

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SAT GRAMMAR

  1. 1. SAT GRAMMAR MINI-LESSON ONE
  2. 2. We enjoyed the brilliant sunshine of the beach A B so much that day that when we left there was only one couple and C one lifeguard still there. No error. D E THE EXAMPLE
  3. 3. Generally a compound subject (a subject joined by “and”) takes a plural verb. THE RULE
  4. 4. We enjoyed the brilliant sunshine of the beach A B so much that day that when we left there was only one couple and C one lifeguard still there. No error. D E THE EXAMPLE
  5. 5. The mistake is in choice “C”. “One couple and one lifeguard” is an example of a compound subject. A compound subject is when there is more than one person in the subject. A compound subject must always go with a plural verb. “Was” is a singular verb; “were” is a plural verb and should be used instead.
  6. 6. Neither the sailors nor the captain A B looks forward to seven months C in artic waters on a polar ice breaker. D No error. E THE EXAMPLE
  7. 7. Exception: a compound subject joined by “or”/ “nor” takes the verb that agrees with the subject closer to it. THE RULE
  8. 8. Neither the sailors nor the captain A B looks forward to seven months C in artic waters on a polar ice breaker. D No error. E THE EXAMPLE
  9. 9. The sentence is correct so the answer is “E”. “nor the captain” is an example of a compound subject using or/nor. A compound subject that uses or/nor must always go with subject closest to the verb. “Looks” is a singular verb and therefore agrees with the subject “captain”.
  10. 10. THE BIRTHDAY CAKE AND FIFTY GAG CANDLES IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOON a)Is expected b)Are expected c) Is both expected d)Is to be expected e)Are to be expected FINAL EXAMPLE
  11. 11. There are less than fifty people in A the world who can bend steel B C with their own bare hands. No Error D E THE EXAMPLE
  12. 12. The word less means it cannot be counted. Fewer refers to things that can be counted. THE RULE
  13. 13. You can have less money which means you have fewer dollars.
  14. 14. There are less than fifty people in A the world who can bend steel B C with their own bare hands. No Error D E THE EXAMPLE
  15. 15. The mistake is in choice“A”. “fifty” is a countable amount, so anything fewer than fifty can be counted: 47, 45, 44, etc. The correct way to restructure the sentence would be to say “Fewer than fifty people in the world…”
  16. 16. Most of the signs for express lanes in grocery stores should read, “10 items or less.” a)10 items or less b)10 items or fewer c) 10 items or lesser d)10 items or more lesser e)10 items or more fewer FINAL EXAMPLE
  17. 17. These will be part of your second vocab quiz. Be prepared.

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