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Brittney B.
In my 5 years of tutoring, I have worked with students in every subject from academics to life skills, as well as college and exam prep.
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Writing
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Question:

Correct these sentences, based on grammar expectations: 1. I have a cake that Brittney baked in my lunch tote. 2. Born in Baltimore, my first book was about the 1994 fire. 3. I admire people who are honest, reliable, and have sincerity.

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Answer:

1. Incorrect: " I have a cake that Brittney baked in my lunch tote" Correct: In my lunch tote is a cake that Brittney baked. Explanation: Cake is too far from lunch tote, making the sentence ambiguous. Always place descriptive words and phrases as close as is practical to the words they modify. 2. Incorrect: "Born in Baltimore, my first book was about the 1994 fire" Correct: "I was born in Baltimore, and my first book was about the 1994 fire". Explanation: The problem: the sentence wants to say I was born in Baltimore, but to an average reader, it says that my first book was born there. Word order can make or ruin a sentence. If you start a sentence with an incomplete phrase or clause, such as "Born in" it must be followed closely by the person or thing it describes. 3. Incorrect: "I admire people who are honest, reliable, and have sincerity". Correct: " I admire people who are honest, reliable, and sincere" Explanation: Use consistent grammatical form when offering several ideas. Notice that "are" applies to and makes sense with each of the three adjectives at the end. .

College Admissions
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Question:

What is the best way to develop my college admissions essay?

Brittney B.
Answer:

Develop you admissions essay in three parts: 1.The Introduction One paragraph that introduces your topic and what the reader can look forward to. 2.Body: Several paragraphs explaining the main idea with examples. Be specific, give your essay focus by figuring out how the question relates to your personal qualities and then taking a specific angle. 3. Conclusion: One paragraph that summarizes and ends the essay, be sure everything you write supports that viewpoint.

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Change this sentence from the passive to active construction: "A policy of whitewashing and cover-up has been pursued by the CIA director and his close advisers"

Brittney B.
Answer:

Passive: "A policy of whitewashing and cover-up has been pursued by the CIA director and his close advisers" Active: " The CIA director and his close advisers have pursued a policy of white washing and cover-up" Why is this necessary: Using active voice for the majority of your sentences makes your meaning clear for readers, and keeps the sentences from becoming too complicated or wordy. Even in scientific writing, too much use of passive voice can cloud the meaning of your sentences.

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