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Tutor profile: Anna H.

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Anna H.
High school English teacher for 5 years and regional tutoring director
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

How would you rewrite the following sentences to make them more concise? "To fully understand the text, one must understand and explore how repetition occurs in the text. One can scan the text to locate words or phrases that repeat and then work to assign meaning and enhance understanding of the author's intent in his use of repeating words and phrases."

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Answer:

When looking to edit a paper for conciseness, it's important to have a clear picture of what you're trying to say. In the case above, this student is stating the author's use of repetition creates meaning in the text, and they would like to explain what that meaning might be through a close reading of the repeating words and phrases. The first step is deleting unnecessary words or works that say the same thing. The second step is removing anything that doesn't directly support your argument or help you arrive at a conclusion. For example, one way to make the above more concise would looking something like this: To understand the text, the reader must identify where repetition occurs, analyze how those words and phrases interact, and draw conclusions about what the author's purpose is in using repetition.

Subject: Literature

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Using a close reading or Robert Browning's "Porphyria's Lover," describe how the character of Porphyria is introduced in the initial lines and how that establishes her relationship to the male character.

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Answer:

Porphyria, as a character, is presented in a manner consistent with well established stereotypes of female subjectivity. Her introduction is awash with images of female domesticity, for example her entrance immediately “shut[s] the cold out and the storm” (Browning, line 7). This is congruent with the image of Women as warm, soft, and comforting. This of course could be attributed to the narrator’s love for her, however her domestic duties continue when she “kneel’d and made the cheerless grate/ Blaze up” (lines 8-9). Porphyria is down on her knees attempting to provide comfort for her lover who has yet to even acknowledge her presence. She is presented as a tool for his desires.

Subject: English

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Question:

Identify the infinitive in the following sentence: As soon as James heard the lightening crash over his house, he knew that he would not have to pull weeds in his mom's garden that day.

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An infinitive may look like a verb, but it actually functions as a noun, adjective or adverb. If we look at the sentence above, we can see that "crash" is modifying the noun, lightening, so that must be our infinitive!

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