# Tutor profile: Blythe K.

## Questions

### Subject: Spanish

How do I conjugate verbs in the imperfect subjunctive in Spanish?

To conjugate verbs in the imperfect subjunctive tense, you need to start with the preterite third person (ellos/ellas/ustedes) form of the verb. For example, the preterite form of hablar for ellos/ellas/ustedes is hablaron. To make it subjunctive, we drop the ending, in this case the -ron, and we add the ending. The endings depend on the subject: The endings are: yo: -ra tú: -ras él/ella/usted: - ra nosotros: -ramos vosotros: -rais ellos/ellas/ustedes: -ran So, with hablar, after we drop the -ron, we get habla-. Then, we add the appropriate ending. For the nosotros form, for example, we would write: nosotros hablaramos. Other examples include: tú + poner --> pusieron --> tú pusieras él + escuchar --> escucharon --> él escucharan yo + ir --> fueron --> fuera

### Subject: Basic Math

How do I use substitution to solve the math problem: 3x + 4 = 12y - 6 2y = 6x

First, you need to isolate one variable or get it all by itself. In this problem, we can start by getting the "y" variable all by itself using one equation. We can do this for the second problem by dividing each side by 2. 2y = 6x ---- ---- 2 2 --------------- y = 3x Now that we know what y equals, we can plug this into the first equation to learn what x equals. so, wherever there is a "y" variable, we can insert "3x" in parenthesis. 3x + 4 = 12(3x) - 6 3x + 4 = 36x - 6 Here we need to get all the variables on one side, so we can add 6 to each side. 3x + 4 = 36x - 6 + 6 +6 ----------------------- 3x + 10 = 36x Now we need to get the x's on one side, so we can subtract 3x from each side. 3x + 10 = 36x -3x -3x --------------------- 10 = 33x To get x by itself, we need to divide each side by 33. 10 = 33x ---- ------ 33 33 ------------------- 0.303 = x Now that we have x, and we can use this to find y. So, we can plug the value for x into one of the equations to solve for y. 2y = 6(0.303) 2y = 1.818 --- ------- 2 2 y = 0.909 So, we have solved the problem so that x = 0.303 and y = 0.909.

### Subject: English as a Second Language

Where do adjectives go in a sentence?

In English, adjectives go before the noun (person/place/thing) because they describe the noun. For example, "red car" or "large tree" or "pretty girl." There is a specific adjective order in English when you use two or more adjectives to describe a noun. The order is: 1. Quantity (three) 2. Opinion (pretty, funny) 3. Size (big, small) 4. Age (new, old) 5. Shape (square, circular) 6. Color (green, purple) 7. Nationality (American, Peruvian) 8. Material (wooden, metal) 9. Purpose (sports)

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