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Jennifer B.
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Question:

What are the key components of a five-paragraph essay?

Jennifer B.
Answer:

A five-paragraph essay starts with an introductory paragraph, which contains a thesis statement and any necessary background information. The three following paragraphs are the body paragraphs, which should be organized from strongest to the weakest argument. The final paragraph is the conclusion, which reiterates the thesis and summarizes the arguments made in the paper.

English as a Second Language
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Question:

Please write an example of a sentence that uses the present perfect continuous tense.

Jennifer B.
Answer:

"I have been reading this book for the past three hours." - This is an example of the present perfect continuous because it has the keywords, "have/has been" followed by a gerund (a verb stem ending with -ing), which indicates that an activity was started some time ago and is still occurring now.

English
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"The quixotic young man proposed that the group develop a full musical for their project, which was due in three days." What does the word "quixotic" mean in the context of the above sentence?

Jennifer B.
Answer:

"Quixotic" in this sentence can best be described as meaning "overly idealistic or impractical." There are a couple of ways to determine the meaning of the word "quixotic" in the sentence above. First, one could make the connection to "Don Quixote," in which the title character is a fanciful and idealistic man. Secondly, the sentence gives context clues which allow one to determine the meaning. Proposing that a group develop a full musical in three days is very idealistic and impractical, and thus one could determine that "quixotic" means "idealistic and impractical."

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