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Tutor profile: Samantha C.

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Samantha C.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What is the difference between passive and active voice?

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Answer:

With active voice, the subject performs an action. For instance, "the boy ate an apple" is in active voice-- "the boy" is the subject, "ate" is the action being performed, and "an apple" is the object being acted upon. With passive voice, the subject is the one being acted upon. The same sentence above would be "the apple was eaten by the boy" in passive voice-- in that case, "the apple" is the subject, "was eaten" is the verb, and the "boy" is no longer the subject, but the object that is acting upon the subject. One should avoid passive voice when writing because active voice makes for stronger writing by making it clearer, more concise, and more engaging.

Subject: Film and Theater

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What is the iambic pentameter.

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Answer:

The iambic pentameter consists of a line of verse with ten syllables, beginning with an unstressed syllable, followed by a stressed syllable, following that same pattern from start to finish. This is a rhythm frequently seen in Shakespeare's work, such as in the following lines, from Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent/ Made glorious summer by this sun of York;/ And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house/ In the deep bosom of the ocean buried."

Subject: English as a Second Language

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What is the plural of "knife"?

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The plural of "knife" is "knives", because whenever a word ends in "f" or "fe", its plural will always end in "-ves" Other words that have similar plural endings include "wife", which becomes "wives", and "life", which becomes "lives".

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