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SAT (Fall 2023)

Course: SAT (Fall 2023) > Unit 11

Lesson 3: Writing: Grammar

Writing: Noun agreement — Basic example

Watch Sal work through a noun agreement question from the SAT Writing and Language Test.

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Video transcript

- [Instructor] Although they came from very different backgrounds, Arthur Brooks and Grace Hopper were an early pioneer in computer programming. All right, so who is an early pioneer? Well, they're talking about two different people being an early pioneer. You have Arthur Brooks and Grace Hopper, so you have two people. You have two people right over here, and two people can't just be one early pioneer as the underlined portion implies. It says an early pioneer. Well, we have two people, so they're both going to be pioneers, so they are both early pioneers. So I would want to replace that with early, actually, maybe we do it this way. I wanna replace this with early pioneers in computer programming 'cause we're talking about two people being pioneers, not just one, and that is this choice right over here. If you look at these other two choices, these would be incorrect because these are still referring to only one person, a pioneer, a very early pioneer. We don't have just one pioneer, we have two pioneers, so that's why we want to go with pioneers.