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Amelia P.
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Writing
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Question:

What is the difference between denotation and connotation, and how can I use these tactics in my writing?

Amelia P.
Answer:

Great question! Denotation is the literal definition of a word. Connotation is the sentiments attached to the chosen word. For example, we will use the word devour. Literally, it means to eat (so this would be its denotation). However, when we think about someone or something devouring, it conjures images of some sort of beast. If this term was used in describing a formal situation, someone devouring their entree at a fancy dinner would appear animalistic. The word has a negative connotation in this sense.

Sociology
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Question:

What role does the term anomie play in Durkheim's study of suicide?

Amelia P.
Answer:

Anomie is a state of society in which the individual has too much freedom. Not enough cohesion exists to situate the individual within a community, which makes suicidal thoughts easier to act upon. Anomie exists when a society has too few social regulations and too much individualism.

English
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Question:

What is the difference between there, their, and they're?

Amelia P.
Answer:

This is a common mistake, but easy to fix with a little memorization! There implies a place. For example, the corn I bought is from the farm stand over there. Their implies possession or belonging. For example, that is their red car. Finally, they're, as with all contractions, is a mashup of two words. They're is equivalent to they are. In a sentence, it would like like this: they're going to the carnival on Friday.

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