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# Tutor profile: Emily H.

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## Questions

### Subject:Writing

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In my writing, my teachers keep pointing out grammatical mistakes that I overlook. For example, this is one that I wrote: "Television viewers claim that the number of scenes depicting alcohol consumption have increased dramatically over the last decade." Where is the error and can you help me understand it?

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Emily H.

Keep an active eye on the verbs and nouns of your sentence to make sure that we are using singular or plural verbs correctly. Let's take a look at "have" in your sentence. What noun is this verb referring to? Correct, "the number of scenes." It is easy for our ears to not pick up on this, but "the number of scenes" is singular and requires a singular verb. This is because while "scenes" itself is plural, that is not what the verb is referring to. Instead, the verb is referring to "the number" which is singular. It will get easier identifying this as we practice more, but when constructing your sentences actively ask yourself, "what is the noun of my sentence?" and incorporate the correct singular or plural conjugation. Because "the number" is singular, our verb needs to be singular as well. Therefore, instead of "have" we should write "has" instead. Now, our revised sentence should be: "Television viewers claim that the number of scenes depicting alcohol consumption has increased dramatically over the last decade."

### Subject:Basic Math

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I need help solving the following system of equations: 2x + 3y = 15 x - 3y = 3

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Emily H.

In this question, we need to solve for two variables: x and y. The first step is to add these two equations together. Luckily, when adding the equations you can see that our y variable cancels out: 3y + (-3y) = 0y This is very helpful because we can easily focus on our other variable, x! Let's finish adding the system of equations together: 2x + 3y = 15 x - 3y = 3 --> 3x + 0y = 18 --> 3x = 18. We have arrived at the equation: 3x = 18. The next step is to divide both sides by 3 so that we can find the value of x. 3x = 18 --> x = 6. We have found the value of one of our variables! x = 6. Now, we need to find the value of our other variable, y. To do this, we simply need to plug in the value of x into one of our equations. Let's take a look at the first equation: 2x + 3y = 15. Plug in x = 6. --> 2(6) + 3y = 15. --> 12 + 3y = 15 --> 3y = 3 --> y = 1. We have now found our second variable! Our answer to this system of equations is x = 6 and y = 1. We can present our answer just like this, or we can also write this in the form of (6, 1).

### Subject:English

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I received feedback on my essay that it is "too clunky". How can I revise my work to have a better flow?

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Emily H.

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