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**dwsmith** Let $\displaystyle S=\{v_1,v_1,...,v_n\}$ be a spanning set of V.

Prove that for every $\displaystyle w\in V$, the set $\displaystyle \{w\}\cup S$ is a lin. dep spanning set of V.

Seems trivially but not sure how to say it correctly.

If S isn't a lin ind set of vectors, some vectors in S can be removed to form a minimal spanning set say S' of basis vectors of v. If S is lin. ind., then S is a set of basis vectors for V.

By definition of span, any vector in V can be written as a linear combination of vectors in S or S' depending if S is lin ind. It seems to follow trivially. Is there a better way to say this?