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What is the distinction between the imperfect and perfect past tenses in Latin?
The imperfect tense in Latin implies that something in the past continue on into the present. For example, Eam amabo. (I was loving her) The perfect tense implies that something in the past eventually stopped. For example, Eam amavit. (I loved her.)
What is the best study method for the Analytical Writing portion of the GRE?
Familiarize yourself with the 24 different types of logical fallacies (Black and White distinction, Ad Hominem attacks, etc.) Practice picking them out of what you read, especially newspapers and online articles.
What is the theory of linguistic relativity?
Linguistic relativity claims that the language which a person speaks has an effect on non-linguistic cognition. For example, that speakers of languages such as English, which highlights manner of motion (walking, running, etc.), will remember this aspect of a scene more easily than speakers of languages which highlight path (ascending, etc.), as in Spanish. It is also known as the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, having been popularized by the work of early linguists Edward Sapir and Benjamin Whorf. Early linguistic relativists held that this effect was inescapable, but the majority of modern theorists tend to believe that it is only a tendency among many others. Still, the theory remains contentious even today.
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