Verb Tense

Whenever a verb is underlined, you should make sure it is in the correct tense. It is unnecessary to learn the name of every tense. Just be able to match like with like and use the context to figure out the proper tense of a verb. Look at the tense of any other verbs in the sentence and (on the ACT and on SAT Improving Paragraphs questions) in nearby sentences. A verb will most likely be in the same tense as the other nearby verbs unless there is a reason to shift the tense. If you suspect a shift in the time frame being discussed based on the context, you likely need to shift the verb tense. Be sure to also consider parallel construction when considering verb tense; the verbs in a list or comparison must be written in the same tense. Continue reading

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