Tutor profile: Angeline L.
TOEFL Speaking Question Practice: Q: Some people prefer to read physical books made from paper, while others prefer to read electronic books on a digital device. Which do you prefer and why?
A: I was talking to a friend about this the other day. I personally prefer to read physical books, not e-books because I love the smell and the sound of the pages turning. I think they are priceless objects. Books have a distinct smell and the feel of them in your hand is not the same as holding an e-reader of some kind. I also like to be able to write in a book if I want or take notes. I also believe that technology is taking over and someday books will no longer be printed. I think that having real books is important as they will have a totally unique value when this happens. That’s why I prefer to read physical books rather than electronic books on a digital device.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What is the difference between "affect" and "effect"? Please provide examples.
Affect is a verb. For example: Carbon dioxide emissions affect the global climate by warming our oceans and atmosphere. Effect is a noun. For example: Carbon dioxide emissions have a negative effect on the global climate.
What is Parallelism? Please provide an example.
Parallelism is the use of components in a sentence with similar grammatical structure, sound, meaning, or meter. It allows ideas to flow smoother and become more persuasive. It can be found in literature, speeches, and everyday conversation. For example: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” Parallelism can be identified in the repetitive use of "It was..." and the traits of time which follow.
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