Tutor profile: Kaitlyn M.
Why isn't "the dress" (el vestido) feminine in Spanish?
In Spanish, the gender of the word does not always match the gender of the thing that the word is referring to. So, even though you would normally link a dress to something or someone feminine, this doesn't automatically make the word itself feminine. The word itself, "vestido," ends in an "o," which is more often going to be grammatically masculine.
How do I ask a question in French?
There are three different ways to ask a question in French: 1. The first way can only be used verbally, and is very similar to how you ask a question in English. You simply say the sentence with an intonation in your voice. That is, you say the sentence and raise your voice a bit at the end. 2. The second way is called inversion. Instead of saying the noun and then the verb (You are eating - "Tu manges"), you invert the order: verb-noun (Are you eating? - "Manges-tu?"). 3. The third and final way to ask a question uses the phrase "Est-ce que." "Est-ce que" literally means "Is this that," which doesn't mean a lot to us in English. So, you should simply think of "est-ce que" as an indication that the phrase is a question. When you use "est-ce que" to ask a question, you simply write the sentence and put "est-ce que" in the beginning (You eat - Tu manges; Are you eating? Est-ce que tu manges?).
How should I end my conclusion?
You want your readers to think about your paper after they're done reading it. Essentially, you want to answer the question "so what?". What is the greater purpose of your paper? What's at stake if your readers don't comply with your argument? Your answers to these questions will provide a powerful ending to your paper.
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