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Paul A.
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Writing
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Question:

What's the hardest part about writing a good essay?

Paul A.
Answer:

Believe it or not, it's NOT the content. As a teacher, I rarely grade students down for coming to a conclusion different from my own. What I look for is the WAY in which the student presents their argument. Specifically, I want to see if the student can marshal the evidence in favor of the argument, and whether the student can connect the evidence in favor of their main point. Is there a clear trail of evidence logically arranged? If so, mission accomplished!

Religious Studies
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Question:

How can Christians say that Jesus was both God and man? How can he be both at the same time?

Paul A.
Answer:

It's kind of like when a person puts on a glove. The glove is animated by the hand, but the hand and the glove both remain what they were before they were combined. In a similar way, God connected himself to the human person Jesus at his conception in Mary. Jesus, therefore, had a human body, soul, mind, and spirit like any other human, but he was ultimately animated by God. The difference between the hand-glove analogy and the God-Jesus analogy is that God has chosen to permanently connect himself to Jesus, i.e., he'll never take off the glove.

English
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Question:

What is the difference between these three statements: "I completed the assignment." "I have completed the assignment." "I had completed the assignment."

Paul A.
Answer:

The first, "I completed the assignment." is the most basic statement, and it simply says that you finished the assignment. The second statement, "I have completed the assignment." adds this detail: the effects of your completion of the assignment are ongoing. That is, nothing has undone your completion of the work. The third statement, "I had completed the assignment." limits the completion to the past. This might simply be because you are telling a story about something that happened in the past, or it might be that the assignment was somehow undone at some point in time and that the effects no longer continue.

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