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Subject: Spanish

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What is the difference in meaning between these expressions? a) Soy alegre b) Estoy alegre

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Answer:

The Spanish language has two different verbs ('ser' and 'estar') to convey the idea of being, approximately corresponding (but not entirely coinciding with) the English verb 'to be.' 'Ser' generally describes a quality that is perceived as stable and non-changing, while 'estar' rather describes a temporary state or condition. In these examples, sentence a) means 'I'm cheerful' (I describe myself as a cheerful person, this is a defining trait of my character), while b) means 'I'm cheerful now' (I'm in a cheerful mood for whatever reason at this moment).

Subject: Writing

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What improvements could one make in terms of style and tone to this sentence from a research paper? "He must now handle a huge number of problems, and solving these problems takes up a large part of the remaining book."

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The following changes are an improvement in terms of style and the formal tone expected in a research paper: "He must now handle numerous problems, the solutions to which occupy a considerable portion of the remaining book." Please notice that in this version colloquial expressions ('a huge number of,' 'takes up a large part') were replaced by more formal turns of phrase, and secondly, repetition of the same word ('problems') was avoided by introducing a relative clause.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Is the following sentence correct? "I closed the door because there was a draft"

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Julio P.
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It is correct in American English. However, the correct spelling of the word describing a current of air in British English is 'draught.'

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