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Writing
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Question:

Grammatically, which is correct? "I want coffee to be hot." "I want the coffee to be hot."

Kaavya R.
Answer:

"I want the coffee to be hot." In the first option, we're missing the indefinite article, which is important when describing nouns.

Literature
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Question:

What is Simone de Beauvoir speaking about when she writes about men being the Subject and women being the Other?

Kaavya R.
Answer:

In a way, de Beauvoir is relating the story of Eve's birth from Adam (as per the Bible, she was born from his ribcage after God created Adam) to the way women are viewed in society. The story of Adam and Eve suggests that Eve would not be alive without Adam, making him the Subject of which she is the Other. In society during Beauvoir's time (and even today in many cases), women are viewed as the less powerful sex -- the sex that is supplemental to their male counterparts. Women are discouraged from taking control of their own lives and of society and are put down, becoming accessories of sorts to men, rather than being able to grasp their own fundamental rights and put them to use.

English
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Question:

How should you use the words: there, they're, and their?

Kaavya R.
Answer:

For "there", since we are talking about location, it is used in such a context, i.e. "The coffee mug is over THERE." For "they're", we're using a conjunction of "they are", which describes someone or multiple people, i.e. "THEY'RE talkative." For "their", we are talking about a possessive, so someone owns something, i.e. "THEIR shirt looks bright."

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