Tutor profile: Lanna L.
Why shouldn't I use the word "that" in my writing?
The word “that” is categorized as a ‘filler word’ which means it’s a word that is typically used to take up space, but it’s a word that generally is not needed. Using too many filler words, such as “that”, weakens a person’s statements and overall writing. There are some instances when “that” is needed, but to know for sure, try the following: Read over the sentence while omitting the word “that” where it appears in the sentence. If the sentence can be read, and it maintains its original intended meaning without including “that” in it, then “that” should be omitted. If the sentence’s original intended meaning is not conveyed, then “that” should remain in the sentence.
Subject: US History
What was the date in which the Declaration of Independence was signed?
The common answer I have been given to this question is July 4, 1776. However, that answer is incorrect. July 4, 1776, was the date the Declaration of Independence’s text was finalized and is the date in which we celebrate our independence from Great Britain. The date the Declaration of Independence was actually signed didn't occur until August 2, 1776.
What is the difference between they’re, there, and their, and how do I know when to use each?
This is a common question I have been asked over my years of tutoring students in English. The following is the answer I give to those whom have asked me this question: The words: “they’re”, “there”, and “their” are categorized as homophones. Homophones are words that are pronounced the same and sound alike, however, they have different meanings and are normally spelled differently. Knowing when to use each of the above homophones can be tricky, but here is an easy way to remember: Use “they’re” if the sentence makes sense by replacing ‘they’re’ with “they are” because “they’re” is the contraction for “they are”. Use “there” in a sentence when it pertains to a location by remembering ‘here’ is contained within the word “there”. Use “their” when referring to people as it is a third-person pronoun and is the possessive case pronoun of ‘they’ and means something belonging to ‘them’. So, use “they’re” when it can be replaced with “they are”; use “there” when referring to a location; and use “their” to refer to something belonging to ‘them’.
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