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Video: Understanding Verb Tense Errors on the GMAT

Posted in Test Prep on February 1, 2011 by


We recently a released a new and improved on-demand video player in our GMAT course, and to spread the word we’re releasing the first Sentence Correction lesson in nine handy installments. If you’re looking to improve your score in SC, be sure to watch all the GMAT videos for expert advice on this tricky section.

The seventh installment of the lesson, shown above, provides a primer on verb tense errors on GMAT SC. Even if you’re a native English speaker, it’s important to know the grammatical rules of verb tense — in the case of these errors, simply “trusting your ear” will often get into trouble.

Verb tense errors occur when:

  • Verbs are not in the same tense, even though no indication of a shift is present.
  • Verbs don’t correctly reflect time shifts indicated by the sentence.

The video also includes a practice problem to help you test your understanding of the concept; when you get to that part of the video, simply pause the lesson, take about 90 seconds to answer the question, and then press play to hear the explanation.

Watch the video for more details from our expert instructors–and be sure to stay tuned for the next SC lesson installment!