Why do we write?
Often we write to connect, to express something deep within that we have no other way to express other than through the written word. We write because we have a need to, a feeling within that can only be satiated by writing, by creating a connection with each who reads our words. We write to invite others in, to give them a glimpse into our thoughts, our hopes, our loves, our flaws, our sorrows. We write out of need, often out of desperation--a need to feel understood; a desperation to know that somewhere out there, sitting alone in a coffee shop, a sad smile on their face, someone is reading our words, someone is seeing into us, into our depths, and in that moment we connect. In that moment, we are not alone.
There are 72 3rd graders at Rockdale Elementary, 1/3 of the students go to the computer lab after lunch, and 1/4 of the remaining students stay inside for tutoring, and the rest go to recess. How many students go to recess?
36 students go to recess. 72/3 = 24 24 students go to the computer lab. 72- 24 = 48 are left. 48/4 = 12 12 students stay inside for tutoring. 48-12 = 36 36 students go to recess.
What is a gerund? An infinitive? A participle?
A gerund is a verbal ending in -ing that acts as a noun: I like eating pizza. (eating) An infinitive is the word "to" followed by the base of a verb: I do not like to share my pizza. The infinitive would be "to share." A participle is verb that acts as an adjective: The barking dog scratched playfully at his owner's feet. (barking dog) The written word is unmatched. (written word)