Tutor profile: Halle R.
What is a good format for the introduction to a persuasive essay?
A great persuasive essay will begin with a great hook. A hook is the first line of your essay that excites and engages the reader. This could be in the form of a quote, a statistic, an anecdote, or an attention grabbing statement. The hook should be relevant to your topic, but not give too much away about your position, requiring the audience to read on. Following your hook, you need to include some short exposition or background into the topic of your essay. This shouldn't treat the audience like a baby, nor should it treat them like an expert. Use simple language and accessible statistics to quickly relate the most important parts of your subject before you begin your essay. Think of this section like an elevator speech - you only get 30 seconds to get your client up to speed. Finally, at the end of your introduction, you need to explain your position in something called a thesis statement. In a thesis statement, you should relate your position, and the key pieces of evidence you believe supports your position in one to two sentences. Don't spend more than a sentence or two here, instead, think of this section as an outline for your essay.
Subject: Political Science
Machiavelli wrote "The Prince" and "Discourses" yet the two works seem to contradict each other philosophically, why is this?
When Machiavelli wrote "The Prince" he was a patron of the Medici family, so his works were very clearly aimed at keeping the family he worked for in power. Later, when he was exiled, he wrote "Discourses" a text that exalted the Republic. While the two texts do seem to contradict each other at times, many of the central themes of the works agree with each other in principle.
Subject: English as a Second Language
Which sentence correctly uses the word "their"? a) Their are three apples on the table. b) My friends are late, but their coming soon. c) Let's take their car instead.
The answer is c) "Let's take their car instead" because the word "their" is possessive, showing who the car belongs to in this sentence. Errors in the other answers: In answer "a" the word "there" should be used to indicate location and quantity. In answer "b" the word "they're" should be used to indicate who and the verb "to be" (conjugated as "are'): "they are" or "they're."
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