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Tutor profile: Eric Y.

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Eric Y.
Experienced, Patient, Understanding - Expertise in English, Legal Studies, Library Research
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Should I always eliminate "passive voice" from my writing?

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Answer:

Generally, yes. Passive voice occurs when the subject is the receipient of the verb's action as opposed to "active voice" where the subject of the sentence acts on its verb. An example of a "passive voice" sentence is: Spongebob Squarepants is watched by many children between ages 4 and 7. To turn this sentence from passive to active, you would write: Many 4 to 7 year old children watch Spongebob Squarepants. Why does it help to eliminate passive voice? Eliminating passive voice and using active voice makes your writing easier to read and more enjoyable.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is a "root expander" and how does it work in most research databases?

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Answer:

A "root" word is the most basic form of a word. An example of a root word is "act." Act is the basic form of the word, but "expansions" of the word "act" include "actor" and "acting," Another example is the word "drunk." Expansions of the word "drunk" include "drunken" and "drunkard." A "root expander" in a research database is typically often signified by an "!". If one searches for "drunk!" in a research database, the database will retrieve not only results with the word "drunk" but also results that include "drunken" and "drunkard."

Subject: Law

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Question:

What are the elements of common law assault? Does the perpetrator of the assault actually have to make contact with the victim?

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Answer:

Assault occurs when someone threatens imminent bodily harm to another. The act must have intended to cause apprehension of a harmful or offensive contact and the act must have caused such apprehension. There need not be contact actually made - just the threat of harmful or offensive contact is sufficient.

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