SAT Writing and Language Drill 3.3 Conventions of Usage

Get some practice at improving writing quality by watching this SAT Writing video on technologies used to reduce water usage at power plants. It's riveting.

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used Here it is okay for one hundred billion gallons

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of water is used for the thermal electric power generation

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And you have okay so a personal interview got gallons

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of water is used There are gallons They are used

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Doesn't that sound better So there's clearly something wrong here

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So to be or not to be That is the

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well that's Not really a question Just whether it's questioned

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letter b is the right answer right The conjugation of

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the verb to be needs to agree with one hundred

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thirty nine billion gallons of water Because that's the subject

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it's connected teo Because quote one hundred thirty nine billion

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gallons unquote is plural We need the verb to agree

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with it It's A plural conjugation So they are It

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is But they are right Well the singular version of

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to be would be correct only if water Where The

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subject that sentence That word is part of the subject

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since it's part of the hundred thirty nine billion gallons

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of water but alone It's not the subject of sentence

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opens with each day which tells us the information describes

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the present Both had been used yeah but had been

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used refers to the past and make it sound like

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the water usage is somehow different today which is not

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the case So uh that's it Don't take long showers