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Tutor profile: Maggie T.

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Maggie T.
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Subject: Spanish

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When do I use the verb "ser" vs. the verb "estar"?

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Answer:

The verb ser is used for more permanent states of being, whereas estar is for temporary states of being. Ser is used for the following situations: date/time/day, where you are from (origin), occupation, nationality, religious affiliation, political affiliation, where an event occurs, material something is made from, possession, relationships between people, and essential qualities. Estar is used for the following situations: physical location, state or condition (things like feelings), and progressive tenses. For example, you would say "soy estadounidense" because your country of origin does not change. Additionally, you would say "estoy en la tienda" because you are only currently in the store, but will eventually move to another location.

Subject: International Relations

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What is the difference between globalization and globalism?

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Globalism is the idea that the world is connected by a series of networks that span countries and continents. The study of globalism attempts to understand these connects and seek patterns within them. Globalization, on the other hand, is the increase or decrease in these connections. A more globalized world means there are more connections between countries and/or continents, a less globalized world means there are fewer connections. Therefore, globalization measure the degree of globalism that exists in the world.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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How do you order adjectives in a sentence? For example, why is it "the big, red dog" and not "the red, big dog"?

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In English, adjectives in a sentence follow this order: opinion (beautiful, lovely), size (big, tiny), physical qualities (rough, fat), shape (circular, square), age (young, old), color (red, green), origin (British, Mexican), material (wood, metal), type (U-shaped, three-sided), purpose (cleaning, cooking). Because size comes before color in the aforementioned order, "big" would come before "red".

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