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Aneesah A.
Columbia University Sophomore Tutoring Math, English, ACT/SAT, and Biology
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Spanish
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Question:

Are the conjugated verb(s) preterite or imperfect? Why? 1) Cuando yo era niña, yo siempre jugaba con muñecas de Barbie. 2) Ayer, tú comiste la sopa. 3) Ella fue en clase cuando su madre llamó.

Aneesah A.
Answer:

1) This sentence contains two conjugated verbs, era and jugaba, both conjugated in the imperfect tense. This is because the whole sentence talks about a continuous action that occurred for a long period of time. 2) The keyword in this sentence is "ayer" because it tells you that the action happened one time, so comer is conjugated in the preterite tense. 3) This sentence also contains two conjugated verbs, fue and llamó, both in the preterite tense. This is because it's about a specific instance where the girl's mother called while she was in class one day.

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In the context of this paragraph, which of the following sentences flows best? Eliza was stressed out about her exams. She did not study the material in weeks, instead opting to focus all of her time on extracurriculars after class. Specifically, she immersed herself in the economics club, where she studied stocks every second she could. Instead of studying stocks, however, she should've been studied her biology notes for a 20 chapter final exam (Q). a) Leave as is b) Instead of studying stocks, however, she should've been studying her biology notes for a 20 chapter final exam. c) Studying stocks made no sense because she had a huge final exam on biology coming up next week.

Aneesah A.
Answer:

The answer is b) Instead of studying stocks, however, she should've been studying her biology notes for a 20 chapter final exam. The first clause provides a smooth transition from the last sentence into new information -- she has a biology exam coming up. It also indicates the stress level of the exam, 20 chapters, more sharply than, for instance, option c which just says "huge final exam". C also is a more informal sentence. To leave the sentence as is would be wrong as well because "she should've been studied" is an informal phrase and is in the wrong tense.

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Question:

Sandy has $1.45 to spend on candy. Hershey's Kisses cost $0.15 and lollipops cost $0.30. If she wants to buy 3 lollipops, how many full Hershey​ Kisses can she purchase?

Aneesah A.
Answer:

We know that Sandy wants 3 lollipops which cost $0.30 each and that she has $1.45 total to spend. To figure out how many Hershey's Kisses she can buy, we must first figure out how much money is left over after she buys 3 lollipops. To do this, multiply $0.30 x 3 lollipops, which equals $0.90. Then, subtract $0.90 from $1.45. This leaves Sandy with $0.55 to spend on Hershey's Kisses. We know that each Kiss costs $0.15 so to figure out how many she can purchase, divide $0.55 by $0.15 which gives us 3.666667. So, that means she can purchase 3 Hershey's Kisses. The leftover .666667 accounts for .666667 of a Hershey Kiss, so it doesn't matter here because the question asks for full Kisses.

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