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Tutor profile: Callie G.

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Callie G.
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Subject: French

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Question:

Correct the following sentence and offer an explanation for each correction: Quand j'étais petite, ma famille sont devenues en Paris pendant la vacance de l'été.

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Answer:

Quand j'étais petite, ma famille est devenue à Paris pendant les vacances d'été. Sont devenues --> est devenue : Although "ma famille" refers to a group of people, une "famille" is still a single unit and is thus conjugated in third person singular. en Paris --> à Paris : "En" is used in reference to feminine countries, but "à" is used in reference to cities (generally feminine) . la vacance --> les vacances : "La vacance" means "vacancy" not "vacation." "Les vacances" is always plural. de l'été --> d'été : "Été" is masculine, so it uses the contraction form of the masculine article "du," "d'," rather than "de l'," which is the contraction form of the feminine article "de la."

Subject: Writing

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Question:

When is it appropriate to use dashes rather than parentheses?

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Callie G.
Answer:

Dashes can be used in more informal situations than parentheses. Dashes also draw the eye to the word or phrase that they offset, so they are generally used when the writer wants attention to be drawn to the same. Parentheses, on the other hand, should be used when subtilty is desired.

Subject: English

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Question:

Why is the name of the protagonist in Chimamanda Adichie's short story "Tomorrow is too Far" never revealed? What effect does this have on the story?

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Answer:

The protagonist in this story is presented as a rather inhumane character. She inadvertently kills her brother continues to pin it on her grandmother, never really accepting full responsibility for her actions. By neglecting to provide the name of the protagonist, Adichie ensures that reader is emotionally detached from the character and unable to easily identify with her.

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