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Items involving verb problems
Transcript of Items involving verb problems
From the context of the sentence stem, you'll have to decide which form works best in the sentence. Distractors are generally incorrect for one of these reasons: ITEMS INVOLVING VERB PROBLEMS The verb is not really a verb The verb is active but should be passive, or it is passive but should be active The verb does not agree with its subject The verb is not in the right tense Used alone, as infinitive, gerund, or participle cannot be a main verb If the subject of the sentence performs the action, the verb must be in the active voice. If the subject of the sentence receives the action, the verb must be in passive.
The architect designed the building (active verb)
The building was designed by the architect (passive verb) Singular subjects require singular verbs; plural subjects require plural verbs. According to the time words or ideas in the sentence, the appropriate tense must be used. An unnecessary element comes before the verb. Personal pronouns (be, she, it), relative pronouns (who, which, that, and so on), or conjunctions (and, but, and so on) may be used unnecessarily before verbs in some sentences.