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The Retake: Osirus' blog

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The Retake: Osirus' blog

by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:09 am
I intended to wait a week to begin studying again, but with the weight of my past failure still nawing at me, I couldn't resist the urge to start again today. What I want this "blog" to be is a thread where all of us who are studying without the aid of a class to come together and toss ideas about things we are doing that we find effective around to help each other on our journey towards achieving our goals.

Osirus' agenda for this week:

Grammar, Grammar, Grammar, specifically understanding the following:

Infinitives
Gerunds
Helping verbs
prepositions
subject
indirect object
direct object
punctuation
dependent clauses
conjunctions
subordinators (meaning and use)
Noun phrase
predicate
predicate complement

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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:18 am
First question I present to the blog. I am reading that "and" "or" and "nor" can be used to form compound subjects. When you have a compound subject formed by using "or" and "nor" is the corresponding verb singular or plural?

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by Giorgio » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:27 am
Good luck !

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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:54 am
Giorgio wrote:Good luck !
Thanks. You should post as well. I don't want this to be just me talking to myself...lol

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by money9111 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:01 am
I believe compound subjects are always plural. When I get home I'll take a look at where I remember that from in the PowerScore SC Bible. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:33 am
money9111 wrote:I believe compound subjects are always plural. When I get home I'll take a look at where I remember that from in the PowerScore SC Bible. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Thanks. I just read that when subjects are joined by "and" they are always plural unless they are referring to the same thing. For instance, "Red beans and rice" would be singular because it is one item/dish. Subjects joined by neither/nor or either/or will have a singular or a plural verb depending on the subject that is closet to the verb.

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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:07 am
Contemplating taking the Veritas class now. They are saying a third of their students score over 700.

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by Giorgio » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:47 am
osirus0830 wrote:Contemplating taking the Veritas class now. They are saying a third of their students score over 700.
You have already scored 680 , that's quite high score. I think that if you are already in the range of 650-700 there is no need to take prep courses but rather work on your weaknesses, you should be already able to diagnose your performance adequately .

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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:51 am
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osirus0830 wrote:Contemplating taking the Veritas class now. They are saying a third of their students score over 700.
You have already scored 680 , that's quite high score. I think that if you are already in the range of 650-700 there is no need to take prep courses but rather work on your weaknesses, you should be already able to diagnose your performance adequately .
Yes, you're probably right. I will see how my own self prep goes. If I make adequate improvements, I may not take the course, but what the guy is telling me sounds intriguing.

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by thephoenix » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:21 am
osirus0830 wrote:First question I present to the blog. I am reading that "and" "or" and "nor" can be used to form compound subjects. When you have a compound subject formed by using "or" and "nor" is the corresponding verb singular or plural?
compnd sub formed by using coordinating conjunction will always have plural veb
compound sub formed with either....or;neither....nor;or will always have a verb parallel to the second of the two sub

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by thephoenix » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:24 am
osirus0830 wrote:I intended to wait a week to begin studying again, but with the weight of my past failure still nawing at me, I couldn't resist the urge to start again today. What I want this "blog" to be is a thread where all of us who are studying without the aid of a class to come together and toss ideas about things we are doing that we find effective around to help each other on our journey towards achieving our goals.

Osirus' agenda for this week:

Grammar, Grammar, Grammar, specifically understanding the following:

Infinitives
Gerunds
Helping verbs
prepositions
subject
indirect object
direct object
punctuation
dependent clauses
conjunctions
subordinators (meaning and use)
Noun phrase
predicate
predicate complement
i liked uor initiative and count me i am in

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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:28 am
thephoenix wrote:
osirus0830 wrote:I intended to wait a week to begin studying again, but with the weight of my past failure still nawing at me, I couldn't resist the urge to start again today. What I want this "blog" to be is a thread where all of us who are studying without the aid of a class to come together and toss ideas about things we are doing that we find effective around to help each other on our journey towards achieving our goals.

Osirus' agenda for this week:

Grammar, Grammar, Grammar, specifically understanding the following:

Infinitives
Gerunds
Helping verbs
prepositions
subject
indirect object
direct object
punctuation
dependent clauses
conjunctions
subordinators (meaning and use)
Noun phrase
predicate
predicate complement
i liked uor initiative and count me i am in
Nice, lets raise our scores :)

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by thephoenix » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:38 am
osirus0830 wrote:I intended to wait a week to begin studying again, but with the weight of my past failure still nawing at me, I couldn't resist the urge to start again today. What I want this "blog" to be is a thread where all of us who are studying without the aid of a class to come together and toss ideas about things we are doing that we find effective around to help each other on our journey towards achieving our goals.

Osirus' agenda for this week:

Grammar, Grammar, Grammar, specifically understanding the following:

Infinitives
lets start with infinitives

let us chalk down the rules for using infintives
1. infinitive phrase unlike gerund phrases(nouns) and participal phrases(adj.) , can be used as more than one part of speech(N,Adj. or Adv)
how to know when the infinitive phrase is playing which role
Infintives phrase used as Nouns???
ans: if an infinitive pharse can be replaced by it , then the infinitive phrase is being used as a noun phrase...
for eg:
to learn a foreign language takes a lot of practice.
it takes a lot of practice.

let us C how to test for adj and adv
pls share knowledge it always helps
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by Osirus@VeritasPrep » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:42 am
An infinitive is used as an adjective when its in its gerund form. For example,

Having discipline and determination, phoenix scored a 750 on the GMAT.

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