Syntax is extremely important in the English language. Minor changes in word order can alter the entire meaning of a sentence. As a general rule, English is a SVO language. The subject, the verb, and the object(s) of a sentence typically appear in that order: Madeline [subject] purchased [verb] the new J.K. Rowling novel [object].…

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Test your knowledge of verb tense consistency with this short quiz. For each sentence, choose the form of the verb in brackets that is consistent with the other verb(s) in the sentence. Then check the answers at the end of the quiz to see how you did. Remember: Unless a sentence indicates a shift in…

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