In example 19, the second was not necessary, as the first serves as a useful verb for going and discussing. If we inferred all the details of the sentence, he would read, I went and I spoke… which is a grammatically fine sentence. A non-essential clause often begins with a relative pronodem (who, who, or where), but it is not in an expression known as appositive. A appositive works as a non-essential clause, but it has no verb. Here`s an example: knowing the common tricks used by the SAT for questions that test your knowledge of the match between themes and keywords can be helpful. The more you know about these tricks, the sooner you can identify them and answer questions about the arrangement of thematic verbs correctly. In these sentences, in which the subject follows the verb, it is enough to organize the sentence to follow the normal structure of the subject. This way, you can more easily detect errors in the subject verb chord. If you do it in the misspelled example above, you still had „less amusing consequences.” The subject is right in front of the verb and the error is obvious. Test authors like to write questions that test your knowledge of the subject/verb agreement.

You`ll quickly see that this is the case for both error ID and question types. The rule is simple: a subject must match the verb! On SAT, you need to be able to identify the verbs before you can search for their subjects. Some students mistakenly think that fluctuating and swinging are verbs in this sentence. However, to fluctuate is called an infinitive (to hate, to run,…) and the swing is called a grind (run, cook, explode,…). You`ve probably heard of infinitives in French-Spanish or Spanish teaching, where it`s the root form of a verb before combining it. It`s the same in English. Infinitive and Gerunds are not verbs, so there is no need to search for a subject-verb arrangement. The only real verb in this example is Likes. Again, tannes and infinities are never verbs.

Don`t waste time looking for their subjects. Non-essential clauses are phrases that describe a noun, often the subject-to-verb issue of the SAT. Non-essential clauses are surrounded by commas. These clauses can be deleted without creating grammatical errors or changes in the direction of a sentence. Take, for example, this sentence: the subject is the roasted „memorization” which is singular. Therefore, the verb must be „increased” and the answer is B. As „delays” are singular and share the same subject, be aware that any verb corresponding to the same subject should also be in the singular form. In general, questions related to the verb agreement about SAT can be difficult, as the subject is usually not placed directly in front of the verb.

To determine the subject, think about what is simple.