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Every individual has usage weaknesses within their writing. In the answer space below, list four of your most prominent weaknesses, along with five practice sentences where the weakness is used correctly.
Weakness: Either/Or and Neither/Nor 1. Either you stop and pick up the milk or I will do it. 2. Either you will pass or you will fail this course. 3. I will eat either mashed potatoes or french fries. 4. Neither he nor she is a fan of dystopian novels. 5. Neither my mother nor my father have ever traveled outside of the country. Weakness: Indefinite Pronouns 1. Each of the students is anticipating the end of the semester. 2. Every professor wants this semester to end. 3. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. 4. Each of the stores is closing for the time being. 5. Every medical professional is working especially hard right now. Weakness: Commas with Introductory Prepositional Phrases 1. On the left side of the cabinet, you will find the asprin. 2. Up the road from the grocery store, you will find the gas station. 3. Without dedicating so much time to studying, she would have failed her test. 4. Over the mountain, you can see a field of daisies. 5. Without reading the material beforehand, she would not have understood the lecture. Weakness: Commas with a Series of Related Items 1. My favorite colors are blue, red, and yellow. 2. My favorite areas of study are literature, history, anthropology, and sociology. 3. You will need bread, eggs, and milk to make french toast. 4. I would like to visit Prague, Vienna, Rome, and London someday. 5. The caterer will serve pasta, chicken, potatoes, and salad at the wedding reception.
Dangerous Liaisons is one of the most impactful and enjoyable novels written during the 1700s. It is also one of the most progressive novels written during this time. What is one progressive cause that the author, Choderlos de Laclos, advocates for within this novel?
In Dangerous Liaisons, Choderlos de Laclos implicitly advocates for the education of women and demonstrates how education provides them with refuge against the most powerful, manipulative, and malicious individuals of the world. Laclos’s advocacy for women’s education in this novel is most evident in the construction and presentation of characters such as Marquise de Merteuil, Cécile Volanges, and Présidente de Tourvel. On one hand, the Marquise is portrayed as a highly educated woman who frequently succeeds throughout the novel as a direct result of her intelligence and wit. On the other hand, Cécile and the Présidente are both portrayed as younger women who are not nearly as experienced or educated as the Marquise and suffer many misfortunes primarily as a result of their own ignorance. Altogether, in characterizing and depicting these characters in this particular way, Laclos reinforces the need for the education of women in order to establish a society in which all women have the ability to lead an emotionally and physically fulfilling life while also avoiding devastation and condemnation.
Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is one of the most significant pieces of literature taught in most high school and college level English classes. The narrator in The Canterbury Tales opens the story with a series of portraits in the General Prologue and precedes these portraits with a promise to be objective, but fails to give readers key details about many traits of certain characters until later on in the story in their confessions. Does this mean that the narrator's promise to be objective was not genuine?
No, the omission of these traits does not mean that the narrator's promise to be objective was not genuine. Geoffrey Chaucer does not reveal specific character traits of some of the characters in the General Prologue in order to corroborate the objectivity of his first impressions of them. Readers feel as though they are learning new information about the pilgrims at the same time as the narrator throughout the story because of this. From the Miller’s interesting and thoughtful tale to the Reeve’s departed characterization and unfavorable attitude, Chaucer’s capacity to objectively tell his tale from the beginning to the end is unarguably consistently present throughout all of The Canterbury Tales.
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