Tutor profile: Katharine Y.
Can you introduce yourself in French?
Bonjour! Je m'appelle Kat. Je suis une etudiante americane de Marist College. J'ai commencé d'etudier le francais quand j'ai eu dix ans. J'aime des chats et voyager. Je voudrais vous aider en apprendre la langue francais.
What makes a strong thesis statement? Can you make an example of a strong thesis statement?
A strong thesis statement introduces the topic of the paper as well as an argument or main focus and an explanation of why that argument or main focus matters. For example, why is it important to focus on this sub-topic or make this argument and who does it affect or change? This can be done well in a variety of capacities, be it a research paper, an argumentative paper, literary analysis, a report, or even creative writing though a creative thesis might be disguised differently. For example, if one is writing a literary analysis on an aspect of "The Great Gatsby" they might choose to focus on the most integral character of the story and choose the argument that Nick Calloway is the most important because he is the bystander or observer. A strong thesis, in this case, could look like: "Throughout "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nick Calloway is the most integral character because he presents the story to the reader in an unbiased way that allows the reader to understand the other characters based on their actions and ultimately comprehend the flaws of each character that lead to the inevitable end." This statement introduces the topic of "The Great Gatsby," the focus of the paper, and the argument as to why this argument is important to the story. Though some believe that the thesis statement should have three arguments to set up the paper, this is not always the case as long as the argument presented is both specific and broad enough with which to create several specific arguments.
What is a comma splice and how can it be fixed?
A comma splice is when a comma is incorrectly used to separate two independent clauses. An example of this would be: "The woman saw a monster, this made her scream." In order to fix a comma splice, one can replace the comma with a semicolon to signal two independent clauses or make each independent clause its own sentence. ex: "The woman saw a monster; this made her scream." or "The woman saw a monster. This made her scream." One can also introduce a conjunction, making one of the clauses dependent. Ex: "When the woman saw a monster, it made her scream." or "The woman saw a monster and it made her scream."
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