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Tina F.
Recent College Grad and Editor - English/ESL/Literature/Creative Writing
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Writing
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Question:

How can I write a good conclusion for my essay?

Tina F.
Answer:

At times it can seem hard not to just reword your thesis statement as your conclusion when you reach the end of your essay. But avoid this temptation! To write a good conclusion, do these three things: -Revisit your original question or thesis -Restate a few (let's say three) key points that you developed in your body paragraphs. -Rethink what those key points mean in relation to your original question, and introduce a new concept or angle on an idea that is brought up by this re-thinking. A conclusion can really take your essay to new heights if you do the critical thinking necessary to round off the piece and offer a new yet related concept that your essay, in its whole, has given you and the reader to contemplate.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

What is a phrasal verb?

Tina F.
Answer:

A phrasal verb is an idiomatic expression consisting of a verb and a preposition or adverb that when put together, create a new meaning (different than the original verb). Think about phrasal verbs as a single word with a unique meaning, rather than two or three words placed together, and study them as such. Some examples of phrasal verbs include: I RAN INTO my friend at the park. Run + into = meet suddenly I MADE UP a story. Make + up = create I CAME ACROSS an unfamiliar word. Come + across = encounter, discover

English
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Question:

What is the difference between the literary devices metonymy and synecdoche?

Tina F.
Answer:

Metonymy and synecdoche are devices for metaphorical expression or figurative speech that both use a word or name to represent the whole of something or a concept. The main difference is that synecdoche uses part of the whole of the thing it is representing to represent that thing, while metonymy uses a word or idea that is closely associated with the thing it is representing. Synecdoche: In the phrase, "You've got a nice set of wheels" the "wheels" are physical PARTS of the object they're describing: a car. A synecdoche is an expression where the part of the object is used to describe the thing itself, or vice versa. In the expression "All hands on deck!" Hands represent people. Metonymy is a metaphorical expression, too. However, instead of using a part of the object as an expression of that object, metonymy uses a separate idea or thing that is closely associated with the thing it is representing. Unlike synecdoche, the part does not have to refer to the whole. An associated word is substituted for the thing, person, or concept it represents. For example, "Are you a supporter of the crown?" -- crown here represents the King or Queen, or royalty. "Hollywood" can represent celebrities or the film industry. "The sword" can represent fighting. "The pen" can represent writing.

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