How does one best structure a paragraph in an essay?
A paragraph contains information about one specific topic. It starts with a topic sentence, stating the main idea, and is followed by evidence to support this topic, which includes background information, examples and reasons. Often, a paragraph ends with the writer's evaluation. Example: By rendering activities too simple, technology makes us forget useful skills (topic). In the past, people could navigate using a map book while driving simultaneously, they could commit their parents’ contact numbers to memory, and they could do complicated mathematics in their heads. Now, not only are these skills being lost, but those who do still foster these skills are having their hard work undermined (background). There’s no need to waste your time doing mental arithmetic if your smart phone is perfectly capable of the job (reason/example). Why get a degree in art when any old Joe can create images and music on his laptop with far less effort or talent? (reason/example) With this attitude towards what were highly respected skills, it is likely that they are in danger of dying out completely (evaluation).
Is there a difference in intonation between the two question tags below? - You haven't seen Lisa today, have you? - It's a gorgeous day today, isn't it?
Yes. When one uses a question tag because one is uncertain of the answer, the question tag has an upward intonation. However, when one uses a question tag to garner the listener's agreement, the question tag has a downward intonation.
What is the meaning of 'used to' in the sentence 'I am used to being alone'.
There are two uses for 'used to' in English: - be + used to (as is the case with the sentence above) means 'accustomed to': this person is accustomed to being alone. - used to + verb (example: I used to run three times a week) means a former fact, habit or action: this person had the habit of running three times a week in the past, but no longer does.