My Targets for June 12, 2020 – Day 1

I’ll tell you about the overview of the resources I have for MBA test prep in my posts to come or I may just modify this one. For now, to save time I’m just jotting down my targets for tomorrow.

Wake up at around 6 – 6:30 a.m. And get ready to study by 7:30 after all morning activities – bathing, praying, exercising etc.

Session 1 – 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  1. Finish 1 hour of Dominate the GMAT Verbal.
  2. Finish 1 hour of GMAT Official Guide
  3. Finish 2 hours of Master Series Mock CAT 1’20 – Mock Analysis.

Oh boy, I’ve just got around 4 hours to sleep today! Hope to catch you soon with an update on this post….

Night over and a late Morning Started

Okay, folks – it is 09:08 a.m. of June 12, 2020, and I regret to tell you that I woke up an hour late. My exercise too was a bit longer. I use the app – ‘Lose Weight‘ for my daily exercise and today was my 10th day on that app. I spent around half an hour in extending my obeisance to the Sun God and in doing my exercise. My main prayer for today couldn’t be done.

It is already late and I might have to spare an hour and a half extra from my office time to accommodate this (I had plans to start learning Tableau in at least one hour at the office for upskilling). More to come; I’ll keep you posted…

Learning from the GMAT Verbal Videos

Subject Verb Agreement : Use bracketing technique to form “I like cake” form of the sentence.

Rule #1 : Subject and verb must always agree. GMAT often uses indefinite pronouns as subjects (eg. either, neither, everyone, someone, each, etc. – Singular | few, both, several, etc. – Plural | any, none, most, all, more, some – Singular or Plural depends on the noun to which it refers)

An eg. of the last “Singular or Plural depends on the noun to which it refers” is:

Most of the students were in attendance.


Most of the class was in attendance.

I’m getting tired now but REMEMBER – YOU CAN’T QUIT!

Rule #2 : Joining a singular subject with another noun or pronoun by prepositions such as “with”, “as well as”, “along with”, “together with”, “accompanied by” or “in addition to” does not make a singular subject a plural one.

For eg. : The Prime Minister, along with his crew of cabinet ministers, agrees to the major terms of the agreement. (Notice the use of agree vs agrees)

There’s also an exception to this rule where the singular subject is joined to other nouns or pronouns by the word “and“.

For eg. The Prime Minister and his crew of cabinet ministers agree to the major terms of the agreement. (agrees above changed to agree. Now, because of “and”, the PM and his ministers are treated as “They”)

Rule #2: When two or more words or phrases are joined by “not only …but also”, “either …or” , “neither …nor”, the word or phrase (singular or plural) nearer to the verb (i.e. the 2nd one) determines the verb (singular or plural).

Eg 1.: Neither the board members nor the CEO takes the responsibility to fix the flawed policies of the company.

Eg. 2: Neither the CEO nor the board members take the responsibility to fix the flawed policies of the company.

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