SAT Grammar Rules
Basic Grammar Rules You Should Know for the SAT Writing Section
Terms in this set (11)
Singular subjects take singular verbs. Plural subjects take plural verbs. Ignore distracting words and phrases.
Two or more subjects joined by "and" take plural verbs. Exceptions are when they are preceded by "each" or "every," and multiple subjects that form a single unit.
In these sentences, the verb must agree with the subject or subjects that follow it.
there is and there are
"There is" should be used when the subject that follows is singular. "There are" should be used when the subject that follows is plural.
Nouns such as "class," "committee," "team," and "council" are singular and take singular verbs.
or and nor
When two subjects are separated by "or" or "nor," the verb must agree with the subject that is closer to the verb.
Pronouns such as "everybody," "anyone," "someone," and "nothing" are singular and take singular verbs. Ignore phrases.
the number and the percentage of
"The number of" and "the percentage of" always take singular verbs.
all, some, and most
"All," "some," and "most" may be singular or plural, depending on what follows them.
portions, parts, and fractions
Subjects that represent portions, parts, or fractions may be singular or plural, depending on what follows them.
data, criteria, and media
"Data," "criteria," and "media" are plural and take plural verbs.