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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 5:59 pm
When "Each" and "Every" follows a subject, it has no bearing on the verb form.

Example:
They each are great tennis players -- "Each" follows "They" (Subject). But "Each" does not play the role of determining the verb "are". Only the subject has the role to determine.

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:02 pm
"The number of" --> Takes a SINGULAR verb
"A number of" --> Takes a PLURAL verb
"The numbers of" --> NEITHER singular NOR plural. It is WRONG.

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:08 pm
Phrase/Clause as SUBJECT:

The subject of a sentence is sometimes an entire phrase/clause. However, they are ALWAYS SINGULAR and require only SINGULAR VERBS.

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Having good experience in a field does bring in great opportunities.
Whatever they want to do is fine with me.

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:14 pm
Split Infinitive Error:

Avoid sentences that insert word(s) between "to" and the verb.

Examples:
I need you to quickly run out of the house. -- WRONG!
I need you to run quickly out of the house. -- RIGHT!

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:21 pm
Is it possible to cite your source when you post these information?

Great stuffs btw!

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:29 pm
uwhusky wrote:
Is it possible to cite your source when you post these information?

Great stuffs btw!
Hi uwhusky,

Sources include Wren & Martin's High School Grammar book, MGMAT SC Guide, BTG's Expert posts, MGMAT Forum - Ron's posts, the Official Guide GMAT and the Internet.

I will try to cite the source whenever i post the flashcards.

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Keep it coming dude....
You are doing a great job.

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:46 pm
papgust wrote:
Possessive cases (- 's) is used only with the names of living things.

Examples:
The president's bodyguard -- RIGHT!
The table's leg -- WRONG! Rather it should be "The leg of the table"
I didn't know this ..thanks

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Post Thu Jun 10, 2010 11:59 pm
papgust wrote:
Two or more Nouns:

When a subject consists of two or more nouns, it is treated the same as a PLURAL NOUN and takes a PLURAL VERB.

Example:
John and Mary have gone for a holiday.


EXCEPTIONS:
To name a few,

"Bread and Butter" --> SINGULAR
"Eggs and Bacon" --> SINGULAR
Papgust, thanks so much for doing this! Like I said in the PM, I really appreciate the clarification on "each other" and "one another".

With this one, I just also wanted to mention that this will be true only when the two nouns are joined together by "and". And forms a compound plural subject like you mentioned in your example. However, if the two nouns are joined by an additive phrase, then that modifier won't change the number of the subject, for e.g.:

Joe, along with Mary, has gone for a holiday.

I found this concept in the MGMAT SC book. Hope it helps everyone!

Once again, thanks so much for putting in your time & efforts into this. Keep 'em coming!

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Post Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:18 am
jube wrote:
Joe, along with Mary, has gone for a holiday.

I found this concept in the MGMAT SC book. Hope it helps everyone!

Hi Jube,

In the above statement, I believe only "Joe" is the subject and not "Joe,along with Mary". Hence the Subject is singular. But in Pagust's example, "Joe and Mary" is the subject. Hence it is plural.

Let me know if i am wrong.

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Post Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:18 am
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With this one, I just also wanted to mention that this will be true only when the two nouns are joined together by "and". And forms a compound plural subject like you mentioned in your example. However, if the two nouns are joined by an additive phrase, then that modifier won't change the number of the subject, for e.g.:

Joe, along with Mary, has gone for a holiday.

I found this concept in the MGMAT SC book. Hope it helps everyone!

Once again, thanks so much for putting in your time & efforts into this. Keep 'em coming!
Thanks jube!

Did you go through the whole thread? Because, this part is already covered in the flashcards.
Navigate to this URL to see the post.

http://www.beatthegmat.com/papgust-s-gmat-sentence-correction-flashcards-directory-t58950.html#259482

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Post Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:06 pm
papgust wrote:
Possessive cases (- 's) is used only with the names of living things.

Examples:
The president's bodyguard -- RIGHT!
The table's leg -- WRONG! Rather it should be "The leg of the table"
I always wondered if there was rule for this! Thanks for clearing this out.

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Post Fri Jun 11, 2010 1:18 pm
papgust wrote:
Hello folks,

I have a huge flashcards book exclusively for Sentence Correction. The flashcards were carefully taken from various sources. One of the sources is our GMAT expert - Ron Purewal (There was a time when i searched intensively for his posts and recorded his takeaways in my flashcards). I will be posting my flashcards here on a daily basis and interested people can follow this thread and get benefited.

Good luck to ALL! Happy Learning!
What an effort buddy ....... simply outstanding...

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+1 to sumanr.

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Thank you very much guys. I will keep them coming! Smile


Present Perfect: ("Action still going...")





Present Perfect = HAVE/HAS + Past Participle


Examples:
We have lived in a little hut for three days.
Our country has enforced strict laws for thirty years.

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