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Mari R.
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Writing
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I never know how to write my introduction, and I'm totally stuck. How do I start?

Mari R.
Answer:

Hi there! Introductions are definitely hard to write for everyone, so you are not alone! I have a few questions: what is the assignment? What are the instructions from your teacher? And what is the topic of your paper? After I know this information, it will be easier for me to help. But for now, I can try to give you some other strategies. Your introduction is meant to be an overview of your paper. You can think of it as a road map, giving the reader some insight into where you are going. An introduction should not give too much detail- we want to save that for later in the paper. Sometimes, it's easier to skip over the introduction and write some of your body paragraphs first. What is the first big idea of your paper? Can you jump ahead and give us some details and evidence? Then you can go back to your introduction later! I find this can sometimes be easier than writing the intro first. Lastly, you'll generally want a great thesis statement at the end of your introduction. This statement is a concise outline of your argument. I like to think of a thesis as having three parts: the topic, your position or claim about the topic, and then your support or evidence. I hope this helps for now. I'd love to hear more about your assignment so that we can talk about specific ideas for this paper.

Philosophy
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Question:

My name is Dan, and in my ethical reasoning class, my teacher wants us to create an argument in modus ponens on the topic of euthanasia. Here is what I have so far, but I don't think it is right. 1. It is wrong to end your life prematurely 2. It is unnatural to end your life early 3. Therefore, euthanasia is wrong.

Mari R.
Answer:

Hey Dan. This is a really great start to your modus ponens argument. This type of argument has to have a very specific format which looks like this: If P, then Q P Therefore, Q This might not make much sense with just Ps and Qs, but we want to fill in P and Q ourselves (each time we use P it should be the same phrase, and each time we use Q should be the same as well). Here is an example: 1. If ending your life early is unnatural, then it is wrong. 2. Ending your life early is unnatural 3. Therefore, it is wrong In this example, "ending your life early is unnatural" is P and "it is wrong" is Q. Then all we have to do is repeat ourselves by plugging in P and Q in the right places. Before changing your argument to fit modus ponens, let's talk about your thoughts on this subject, so we can create an argument that supports your views. It will be a lot easier to defend and write a paper about this, if you agree with the argument you're defending!

English
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Question:

My name is Angie, and I need help with my English paper. My teacher told me I have many comma splices in my paper. I don't know what she means, and I don't understand how to fix them.

Mari R.
Answer:

Hi Angie. A comma splice is referring to two complete sentences that are separated with only a comma. Since they are two complete sentences, they need more than a comma between them. Here is an example of a comma splice: "I really love this movie, it is one of my favorites." In this example, we have two ideas: "I really love this movie." and "It is one of my favorites." We can separate them correctly in two ways. We could use a period, like I just did above, and then we will have two sentences. Another option is to use a semi-colon in between them, like this: "I really love this movie; it is one of my favorites." Does this help? Would you like to upload your paper for me so that I can help you identify the the comma splices in your paper?

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