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Tom M.
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Spanish
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Question:

How can I remember all the irregular Spanish tú commands?

Tom M.
Answer:

Try this acronym: D SHIPS TV. (D)ecir - Di (S)alir - Sal (Hacer - Haz (I)r - Ve (P)oner - Pon (S)er - Sé (T)ener - Ten (V)enir - Ven

Writing
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Question:

What are some effective ways to begin an essay?

Tom M.
Answer:

When it comes to writing, getting started is often the hardest part. If you're writing an essay and looking for an effective first line that will hook your readers, here are some common techniques: 1) Ask a question. For example: "Is it morally acceptable for a private employer to refuse to hire someone because of his or her political beliefs?' 2) Cite a fact. For example: "United States voter turnout for presidential elections for the past century has ranged from about 50 percent to 60 percent." 3) Use a quotation. For example: "In a commencement speech at Oberlin College in 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. said, 'The time is always right to do what is right.'" 4) Recall a personal experience. For example: "I'll never forget the first time I drove a car by myself." 5) Refer to popular concept or statement. For example: "It is often said that you can take the dog out of the fight, but you can't take the fight out of the dog."

English
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Question:

What is a run-on sentence? (Hint: It's not just a very long sentence.)

Tom M.
Answer:

The formal answer is that a run-on sentence contains two or more independent clauses that are not properly connected using some type of punctuation. The less-formal answer is that it's a sentence that is missing either commas or semicolons, or maybe both. For example, this is a run-on sentence: INCORRECT: "We missed the last train leaving Berlin we won't be able to meet you in Paris tomorrow." There are several ways to correct this sentence. You can add a semicolon: CORRECT: "We missed the last train leaving Berlin; we won't be able to meet you in Paris tomorrow." You can divide it into two separate sentences: CORRECT: "We missed the last train leaving Berlin. We won't be able to meet you in Paris tomorrow." Or, you can add a comma and the word "so": CORRECT: "We missed the last train leaving Berlin, so we won't be able to meet you in Paris tomorrow."

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