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SAT Practice, The New Verbal Section

Verb Tenses and 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.

Verbs: Problems with Tense Sequence and Subjunctive

Correct the errors:

When Uncle Cuthbert asked Boadicea for the Etruscan water skis, she just laughs and asking him whether he needs a quinquereme.

Currently the state of the bathysphere were such that, when he embarks tomorrow, he was more likely to attract mermaids than cartilaginous fish.

Ahab already launched the dingy and assumed a precarious position in its crow's nest when Boadicea arrived with the mangle and the dried eels livers.

Ahab declared that the vessel be henceforth moored with The Catatonic Cormorant in the Cove of the Giant Haddock and that it need no longer fly the colors of Liberia.

If he would be successful in his effort to have elliptical wheels installed on all rental bicycles, accidents on the island would no doubt have been reduced, though not necessarily for the reasons stated.

"If only the cat was more acquiescent or, at least, sedentary, it will fly beautifully" exclaimed Rupert re-gluing the ruptured wing strut and swore under his breath.

The sentry insisted that she removes the pantomime diplodocus head and is recognized.

Boadicea and her coterie have been known to taunt the particularly officious prefects but "hide the dyspeptic ruminant in the wardrobe" is rarely ever played by them.

Rupert contends that convention officials need never be apprised of the source of the soup and recommends that no further research into the spontaneous sprouting of feathers is undertaken.

I hoped to finish the water slide and the flying teacups by the time the retirement home bus arrived, but when Rupert and Boadicea start quoting Spinoza at each other, everything else had to wait.