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Tutor profile: Natalia G.

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Natalia G.
Tutor for five years, Creative Writer & Translator
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Subject: Spanish

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Question:

I need help understanding when I should use SER and when I should use ESTAR. Any tips or tricks?

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Natalia G.
Answer:

Ser y estar es una de las cosas más complicadas del español, así que ¡felicitaciones por querer aprender cómo usarlos! If mnemonic devices help I have a useful one for this situation. For "Ser" think of DOCTOR and for "Estar" think of PLACE. For Ser, DOCTOR stands for the following D: date (hoy es martes), O: occupation (ellos son doctores), C: characteristic (ella es inteligente), T: time (son las 7 de la mañana), O: origin (soy de Colombia), R: relation (es su hermano). For Estar, PLACE stands for the following P: Position (estaba sentada), L: Location (estamos en el carro), A: Action (está corriendo rápido), C: Condition (están enfermos), E: Emotion (estaba triste). Sin embargo, saber cuando usarlos es algo que vendrá con el tiempo y con mucha práctica. Te recomiendo ver algunos shows en español y fijarte bien cuando usan ser o estar. Con el tiempo ya verás que se vuelve más natural. ¡Cualquier cosa aquí estoy para ayudarte!

Subject: Writing

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I'm not sure my conclusion is working in the last page. I feel like I am saying nothing at all, and I'm not sure what I am supposed to write for a conclusion to this paper. How do I know if my conclusion is correct?

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Natalia G.
Answer:

Ideally, you want your conclusion to be the older and wiser version of your introduction. Think of the conclusion as the 5 years older self of your thesis statement; it should be a substantial yet pleasantly culminating end for your reader's journey. In this case, I find that the problem might be that you are simply restating your introduction. The conclusion is also a space for you, as a writer, to reflect on what you have learned, and maybe even leave the piece with a question that can lead into future explorations. Look at your introduction and write down some things that you learned after writing your paper that are in direct relation to the beginning of it. Think of details, of examples you gave, and maybe think of what your biggest take away is from writing this piece. It can be broad and abstract, or it can be a question you were left with after your research.

Subject: Literature

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In what ways does the formal structure of the novel (To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf) speak to the themes explored by the author, and how are both communicating through the characterization of the protagonist?

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Natalia G.
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The novel is divided into three sections: The Window, Time Passes, and The Lighthouse. These three sections allow for the main theme of the novel: subject, object, and the nature of reality, to shine through. Throughout the novel, artist Lily Briscoe (the protagonist) desperately attempts to connect the shape on the left of her painting with the shape on the right, and finally does so with a line; this line becomes a channel, a tunnel through which she can finally see the nature of reality. The fragmentation of her painting exists in parallel to the fragmentation of the novel itself. "The Window" shows us the subject that Lily Briscoe is trying to paint (Mrs. Ramsay sitting by the window), and the final section "The Lighthouse" presents us with the mourning and loss of that subject through the melancholy that the objects in the house bring. It is the middle section, "Time Passes" that becomes that channel, the tunnel, and the line on the canvas through which Lily understands the nature of reality--the inevitable decay and nothingness that is both the beginning and end of her painting and her relationship to Mrs. Ramsay.

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