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Tutor profile: Kassidy M.

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Kassidy M.
English Instructor for 11th Grade, College Tutor for 3 Years
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Subject: Writing

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When writing, what is parallel structure and why is it necessary? What is subject-verb agreement and why is it important?

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Parallel structure is when a writer keeps a list of items in a sentence within the same category. For example, if I start out using two verbs in my list, my third word needs to be a verb as well. Example: "My mom likes reading, swimming, and to eat." INCORRECT. "My mom likes reading, swimming, and eating." The idea is to keep infinitives, gerunds, adverbs, and the like, grouped together. Subject-verb agreement is the idea of keeping your subject and verb balanced. If I were to say, "The teachers awards the students," my subject and verb would be in disagreement. Teachers award, a teacher awards. These two writing techniques are necessary because they help to clarify meaning and smooth out the flow of the essay/writing.

Subject: Literature

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What is point of view (POV)? How can a story differ if the point of view is changed throughout? What is gained through shifting the point of view?

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The point of view is the perspective from which the story is told. It can be told from 1st-person POV, which is where a character in the story is telling the story and using "I." This can be the main character/protagonist, who is all-knowing, or it can be a secondary character who may not have all information about certain events/situations. This is referred to as omniscient (all-knowing) and limited. A story can also be told from 2nd-person POV, which uses "you." However, this mainly used in instructional writing. Last;y, a story can be told from 3rd-person POV, which is when the narrator uses "he/she/it." This can also be written in limited, omniscience, and multiple. Multiple is where the narrator is shifted throughout the story. If a narrator switches in a story, the reader can gain different ideas and perspectives on events, people, and situations, which can change the way a reader thinks. When the POV shifts, the reader can obtain a well-rounded view of a story and be able to create a balanced analysis of the story.

Subject: English

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What is a poem with 14 lines referred to as? How is that specific type of poetry made up/ what is the structure?

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A poem that is composed of 14 lines is referred to as a sonnet. A sonnet is structured with 3 stanzas and a couplet. A stanza is four lines, with the rhyming pattern of ABAB. A couplet is two lines that rhyme. William Shakespeare used sonnets often, with one of his most famous being Sonnet 116. "Let me not to the marriage of true minds/ Admit impediments. Love is not love/ Which alters when it alteration finds,/ Or bends with the remover to remove./ Oh no, love is an ever-fixed mark,/ That looks on tempests and is never shaken;/ It is the star to every wandering bark,/ Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken./ Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks/ Within his bending sickle's compass come;/ Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,,/ But bears it out even to the edge of doom./ If this be error and upon me proved,/ I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

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