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Tutor profile: Patricia A.

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Subject: Writing

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"My teacher says my writing lacks parallelism. What can I do about this?"

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Answer:

First, let's look at that parallelism is: "Parallelism is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same; or similar in their construction, sound, meaning, or meter." It is also known as parallel structure or parallel construction. In other words, it means using similar phrases or clauses that have the same grammatical structure. Here is an example: "Whether in class, at work, or at home, Bill was always busy." Notice that the three items in the series all consist of a preposition followed by a noun: in class, at work, at home. This is parallel structure.

Subject: World Geography

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What are the 5 themes of geography?

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The five themes of Geography are Location, Place, Human-Environment Interaction, Movement, and Region. We use these themes to help us study and understand how people and places are connected in the world.

Subject: English

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"My teacher said my writing has comma splices, but I don't understand what they are. Please help."

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A comma splice is a type of run-on sentence, and it occurs when two or more independent clauses are joined only by a comma. When we join two independent clauses, we should use a comma followed by a coordinating conjunction. Here is an example: "My professor read my paper, and she said it was excellent." Notice that the conjunction 'and' follows the comma between the two independent clauses. This fixes the comma splice that would occur without a conjunction.

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