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Tutor profile: Teresa H.

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Teresa H.
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Subject: Writing

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Thesis: "Global warming is a serious threat." Since we generally know this as fact, how can this thesis be more specific, interesting, and arguable?

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Answer:

Possible solutions: Add an opinion, a speculation, or suggest the best course of action. Global warming is a serious threat that poses the worst fate for mankind. (opinion) Global warming is a serious threat to our planet that may have already ruined life on Venus. (speculation) Global warming is a serious threat that can be largely diminished if corporations commit to eco-friendly regulations. (course of action)

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

When we want to check information, we often make a statement and follow it up with a short question tag. For example, "She isn't going to the store, is she?" Or, "we won, didn't we?" How do we form follow up question tags?

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Identify the helping verb. If there is none, the answer is "do." Make the helping verb match the tense of the statement. Then, if the helping verb appears in the statement as affirmative, negate it in the follow up tag. But if it is negative, make the follow up tag affirmative. Ex: She isn't doing the exam, is she? --We leave out the main verb and make the helping verb affirmative in the tag, since the first time it appears, it's negative. Simon loves Alexa, doesn't he? --There is no helping verb, so we use "do" and make it negative. My bird was singing, wasn't it? --We keep the tense and make it negative. Mom bought soup, didn't she? --The helping verb we use by default is "do," but make sure we keep it in the past tense before we negate it.

Subject: English

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Why do we call the meat "pork" and the animal "pig"? How about "beef" and "cow"?

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Teresa H.
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Often, the words we use for the meat are routed in French. The reason is that a long time ago, after the Normand conquest of 1066, the French were actually the English rulers and the English were considered lower-class citizens. So while the English speakers were farmers using the English words for their animals, once it appeared on the high-end dinner table for the French, the words changed!

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