Grammar 101.1

This will be the first in a series of posts that will cover the basics of English grammar, usage, mechanics, and idiom. The idea is to give you a foundation to build on as well as the vocabulary you need to understand more complex ideas. For example,  if you don’t know the difference between a participial phrase and a prepositional phrase, how are you supposed to know when they are used correctly?

All of the posts in this series will focus on what you need to know for the sentence correct questions on the  GMAT – only what you need for the GMAT. Let’s start with parts of speech.

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Hidden Subjects

Subject-Verb agreement comes naturally to native speakers of English. Native speakers, and fluent non-native speakers for that matter, know that it’s Jack runs and Jack and Jill run, not Jack run and Jack and Jill runs. Of course the writers of the GMAT try their best to confuse the issue. Their favorite trick is hiding the subject.

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