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Question:

What is passive voice, and why is it often a bad choice in academic writing?

Jeremiah W.
Answer:

Passive voice is a sentence construction wherein the object of the sentence is placed within the subject, which is an inversion of typical sentence structure. This causes the subject, object, and actions performed to become unclear, and is thus a bad idea in academic writing because it takes away from the clarity, assertiveness, and authority that is often expected of academic writing.

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What are some of the defining characteristics of classical tragedy, and can you name a few examples.

Jeremiah W.
Answer:

Classical tragedy often revolves around a tragic protagonist that falls from a position of stature because of a flaw in his/her character. He/she is often unwilling or unable to see this flaw, and it ultimately leads to their demise. Classic tragedies often include a death or some other bodily mutilation, as well as promoting a sense of hopelessness within the audience. According to Aristotle, this is necessary to create a catharsis within the audience that purges negative feelings. Some examples include Oedipus the King, Medea, and Antigone.

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Question:

What are some of the ways in which a semi-colon can be correctly used?

Jeremiah W.
Answer:

1. Join a sentence with two separate clauses. 2. Combine two distinct sentences. 3. Separate items in lists that use commas.

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