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Teresa K.
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French
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Question:

There are three things incorrect about this sentence. Identify and correct these errors. Nous allez au plage parce qu'il fait froit.

Teresa K.
Answer:

Error 1: nous ALLEZ. This is an incorrect conjugation of the verb "aller" (to go). The correct conjugation for the pronoun nous is "allons." *An alternate error could be that the incorrect pronoun is used. Since "allez" is the "vous" form of "aller." An alternate correction would be: "vous allez" Error 2: AU plage. The phrase "au" is used when the noun proceeding is masculine. "Au" is a combination of "à" and "le," "le" being the article for masculine nouns. "Plage" is a feminine noun so the article is "la." "Au" is not used when the article is feminine. The correct phrase is "à la plage" (to the beach). Error 3: il fait FROIT. This is a vocabulary error. "Froit" means "cold." It makes no sense to go to the beach because it is cold. The correct word would be "chaud", meaning "hot." Correct sentence: Nous allons à la plage parce qu'il fait chaud.

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Question:

Which of the following sentences is in passive voice? Which is stronger writing? A) The librarian took the book on gardening from the shelf. B) The book on gardening was taken from the shelf by the librarian.

Teresa K.
Answer:

Sentence B is in passive voice while sentence A is in active voice. One can differentiate passive and active voice by looking at the subject. If the subject is performing the action, the sentence is in active voice. If the action is being performed on the subject, the sentence is in passive voice. In Sentence A, the subject is the librarian and the librarian is performing the action of taking the book from the shelf. In Sentence B, the subject is the book and the librarian is performing the action of taking the book from the shelf. Active voice is stronger than passive voice. Thus, Sentence A is stronger. Active voice makes for stronger writing because it's quicker, clearer, and just sounds better.

Algebra
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Question:

Solve for b when a=7 2(a-5) -3b + 2(a+b) + 3

Teresa K.
Answer:

Step 1: Set equation equal to zero: 2(a-5) -3b + 2(a+b) +3 = 0 Step 2: Factor the terms by multiplying: 2(a-5) -3b + 2(a+b) +3 = 0 -> 2a - 10 -3b + 2a + 2b +3 = 0 Step 3: Simplify by adding together all like variables: 2a - 10 -3b + 2a + 2b +3 = 0 -> 4a -b -7 = 0 Step 4: Move b to the other side of equation. You are solving for b so your equation should read b = equation: 4a - b -7 = 0 -> b = 4a-7 Step 5: Plug in the value of "a" and then solve: b = 4(7) - 7 -> b = 28 - 7 -> b = 21

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