Tutor profile: Caitlin M.
Why is grammar and punctuation important in writing?
Grammar and punctuation is valuable in writing because it helps create clarity for readers. Without clarity a reader may perceive what you, as the writer, is trying to say. If what you are trying say within an essay isn't coming across clearly, that could become the difference between a failing a passing grade.
Why do we student ancient and medieval literature?
Studying ancient and medieval literature is important because it reflects many aspects of the modern world. Literature, in general, is a look into humanity and the human condition. If we take our time to read work written by Homer through the rise of Christianity, we can find many aspects and themes that coincide with modern worldly views such as women's and men's roles, how masculinity and femininity have changed or remained constant, even topics such as ethics and what makes something right or wrong can be observed. Studying ancient and medieval works often requires studying up on other subjects, such as religion and history, and therefore can broaden a person's understanding of the here and now. It can also help one become a better reader of more modern and contemporary works, as many themes and symbols seen throughout ancient and later literature is used over and over again.
When is the semicolon appropriate to use?
The biggest mistake I often see with the semicolon is that students will use it like a comma. Semicolons are used to connect two strongly related thoughts that support one another; however, these thoughts also need to be complete sentences. (An example of this is the semicolon used in this explanation.) Semicolons can also be used to separate objects in complex lists, such as lists that comprise multiple sentences or lists that get messy with commas within commas. Example: "Sometimes for breakfast I eat pancakes; French toast; eggs, bacon, and ham; biscuits and gravy; crepes; or a Denver omelet." Notice that the semicolon helps breakup foods that need to be listed together. This way we know as readers the "eggs, bacon, and ham" are being eaten on one plate while the rest of our options stand alone.
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