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Tutor profile: Paige W.

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Subject: Writing

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What is the difference between "affect" and "effect"? When should I use them?

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Answer:

The difference between "affect" and "effect" is that one is a verb while the other is a noun. Affect is a verb, meaning that you should use this when you are talking impact or change. "This weather has been affecting me negatively lately," "I can't see that well today, my headache is affecting my eyesight," "The music the play in the school is affecting everyone so positively!" Effect is a noun, meaning you should use this when you are talking about the result of a change. "This weather has such a negative effect on me lately," "This headache has had such a negative effect on my eyesight today."

Subject: Literature

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What are the four types of conflict found in literature?

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The four types of conflict found in literature are Person vs Person, Person vs Self, Person vs Society, and Person vs Nature. For each type of conflict, the protagonist of the story is facing some obstacle that they must overcome. Person vs Person is when the antagonist is presenting a major issue for the protagonist to overcome, this is an external conflict. Person vs Self is when the protagonist is the one standing in their own way of success, this is an internal conflict. Person vs Society is when the protagonist is trying to break out of the social norms set by the society, and go against what is "normal", this is an external conflict. Person vs Nature is when the protagonist is facing things out of their control relating to the natural world, this is also an external conflict.

Subject: English

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What is the difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar?

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The difference between prescriptive and descriptive grammar is the way that they are used in language daily. Prescriptive grammar focuses on rules and regulations of language. You would use prescriptive grammar in formal writing, or in more formal settings in general. (For example, you would want to have an understanding of the difference between "who" and "whom" in a formal paper, but not necessarily in everyday conversation with your friends. That is prescriptive grammar.) Descriptive grammar is based on the everyday language surrounding you. Speakers adapt to the "rules" of descriptive grammar, instead of following the rules pf prescriptive grammar.

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