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Subject: Writing

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Question:

How can I write a more interesting introduction to an essay?

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Answer:

You are asking the right question. Grabbing the audience's attention in the very beginning of your essay is critical. There are many ways you can draw in an audience. I have listed some ideas below: -A shocking statistic -An intriguing story -A bold statement Statistics: If you are doing an argument paper, statistics can be a true wake up call to an audience. It is important to ensure the statistics are verified and accurate in order to establish trust and repute with your audience. Intriguing story: Human beings are naturally drawn to both tell and listen to stories. In fact, I have an exercise for you. Try to think of a time you went to a party and did not hear a single story. It is virtually impossible because people love to talk about a funny story that happened or a shocking story on the news. In writing a story, be careful not to be so descriptive that you lose the attention of the audience. Nevertheless, a concise, interesting story can do wonders in drawing in your audience. A bold statement: A bold statement must be handled with care. If you have something very abrasive, it may be best to choose another method. You do not want to push away an audience with your first phrase. However, a bold statement can also cause a longing in the audience to hear more if written carefully. This website has a plethora of information if you wish to learn more: https://owlcation.com/humanities/Good-Attention-Getters-for-Essay-Papers

Subject: Literature

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Question:

Are all female protagonists passive in fairytales?

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Answer:

From the modern Disney movies, many think of the princesses as damsels-in-distress who need a brave rescuer to come to their aid. However, even some of the oldest stories have quite intriguing, active protagonists. For example, the Brothers Grimm wrote the original "Cinderella" story. While the Disney movie portrays her as a helpless girl in dire circumstances who must be helped by a fairy godmother, the story shows a different perspective. When she cannot go to the ball, the young girl runs to the place of her mother's grave where she knows she will find help, demonstrating wisdom and resourcefulness. In addition, when given an incredibly difficult task of gathering all the lentils that were dumped by her evil stepfamily, she calls the birds to her aid. She saw the task ahead of her and knew what she needed in order to accomplish it. Moreover, she demonstrated painstaking perseverance as she did. These are just a few examples of active heroines in old fairy tales. If you want to look at other stories with active heroines, please reference "Hansel and Gretel" and "The Twelve Brothers."

Subject: English

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Question:

How do you know whether to use the article "A" or "An" before a word?

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Kimbrlee R.
Answer:

The article "A" should be used if the word immediately following it begins with a consonant. On the other hand, the article "An" should only be used if the word immediately following begins with a vowel. Example: "She was a queen" "The woman was an evil queen." Try saying these two phrases aloud and switching the articles. It sounds very awkward when you say "a evil queen" or "an queen." Often, reading a sentence aloud can resolve a question as you hear what rolls more easily off the tongue.

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