Tutor profile: Shimolee J.
What are the fundamental requirements for being a good writer?
There are three very important things to keep in mind while trying to be a good writer or improve your writing: 1) Keep a constant check on your grammar, spelling, and sentence formation. 2) Read. Be it story books, magazines, autobiographies or anything that you like, so that you can understand the different nuances associated with different types of writing. 3) Proof-read your drafts time and again (sometimes even loudly to hear what it sounds like), or better yet, get an editor or someone you know who writes well to vet your drafts. There can truly never be a time when you can master the art of writing. But, if you can grasp the basics properly, you will be well on your way to becoming a good writer.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What are called "articles" in the English language, and how must they be used?
Articles are usually adjectives, that are used to refer to nouns in a sentence. There are three articles in the English language. "A", "An", and "The". "A" - "A" is used to refer to any singular (one) noun from a group of nouns, such as one person or one thing. Examples: 1) She bought "a" bagel from the shop. 2) "A" boy stood by the door. "An" - As with "A", "An" is also used to refer to any noun from a group of nouns, except that it is only used when the noun it refers to begins with a vowel (A, E, I, O, U). Examples: 1) Jane bought "an" encyclopedia from the mall. 2) "An" apple a day keeps the doctor away. "The" - "The" is used to refer to a specific noun or a group of nouns. Examples: 1) "The" boys played in the park all day. 2) She did not like "the" rain.
What is the difference between "their", "there", and "they're"?
There is a fundamental difference between "their", "there", and "they're". "Their" is an adjective. It is a reference to determine ownership of objects or virtues belonging to two or more people. Examples: 1) Jane and John are selling "their" furniture. 2) Jane and John are known for "their" kindness. "There" can be used as an adjective and a noun. It is a reference often used to describe a place or situation. Examples: [As an adjective] 1) Jane is always "there" for John. [As a noun] 2) You can take it from "there". "They're" is a combination of two words - "They + are". It is a reference to indicate a group of people or things. Examples: 1) "They're" going to the movies tonight. 2) "They're" really tasty doughnuts.
needs and Shimolee will reply soon.