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SAT Practice, The New Verbal Section

Subjunctive Playsheet

Note: These are exercises used in classroom and online courses. See the Abacus-es Classes page. Many contain intentional errors to be fixed. Be sure to look up vocabulary terms as needed.

Choose the correct verb form.

  1. If only Boadicea is/was/were/would be able to extract the squid from the vacuum cleaner, we should have a breakfast to remember.
  2. Perhaps Aunt Agatha would come out of the wardrobe if Rupert is/was/were to flush the fireworks down the euphemism.
  3. Uncle Cuthbert has a profound fear of postage stamps, are/were/is/be they foreign, domestic, canceled, or not.
  4. The officious vice principal demanded that all pencil sharpeners are/were/be/is confiscated and that papers henceforth were/are/be written in crayon on linoleum.
  5. In her third attempt to arrange the class seating arrangement, Gloria decreed that nobody sits/sat/sit/set/sets beside the person next to him or her.
  6. If that was/were/would be/is the loathsome profligate you saw in the seaweed emporium on Sunday, he can't be held responsible for the affair involving the dyspeptic ruminant.