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Tutor profile: Miguel P.

Miguel P.
Spanish tutor with experience

Questions

Subject: Spanish

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Question:

When do you use the accent (´) on the vowels and what does it mean?

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Answer:

We use the tilde mainly to point where the stressed syllable is, like in the word "mamá", the stressed syllable will be the second one (-má). Also, we use it to differentiate two monosyllabic words spelled the same way (te-té, de-dé, si-sí, que-qué...) Basic rules: - A word stressed on the last syllable will have a tilde if it ends in -n, -s or a vowel. (e.g. jamón) - A word stressed on the penultimate syllable will have a tilde if it ends in anything other than -n, -s or a vowel. (e.g. - A word stressed on the antepenultimate syllable always has a tilde. (e.g. clásico)

Subject: Nutrition and Wellness

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Question:

How many grams of protein should I eat if I am not particularly active but I want to lose weight?

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Answer:

Literature suggests that anything above 1,6 g per kg of body weight (0.73 grams per pound) if you are a sedentary person (that moves little to nothing during the day) is okay to keep your muscle mass while losing weight. However, if you're an athlete (or become one in the process), your protein intake should get to at least 2.2 g/kg (1 g/lb).

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

We don't use articles (the, a, an) in my native language, when should I use them?

Miguel P.
Answer:

Generally, we will use "a/an" when introducing an item for the first time in a conversation. "A/an" can be used before general ideas expressed with a singular noun, like "Should I bring a present to the party?". Here, the speaker asks about bringing any presents. We use "the" before a noun phrase when we are talking about something specific that our interlocutor also knows about, like "Should I bring the present to the party?". Here, we are talking about a specific present for a specific party that the person who we are addressing to also knows about. We can omit the articles when they are implied before certain nouns, like abstract ideas, countries, languages, sports, subjects, etc. (Eg. We don't say "The Spain", "the French", "the baseball" ...)

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