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Alex F.
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Subject: Spanish

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How can common struggles with the usage of “tu,” “usted” (you), “vosotros/as,” and “ustedes” (you all) be addressed and made simple?

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If someone is unfamiliar or struggling with the Spanish language, it may be confusing how to use the word, “you” and “you all” in a proper sense. First, “tu” and “usted” are used when you're addressing a person directly in the second person. When you refer to someone as “tu” or “tu eres,” you are saying “you” or “you are.” You should only use “tu” when you're speaking to someone familiar, such as a friend or an immediate family member. On the other hand, “usted,” or “usted es” (you and you are respectively), should be used when you are speaking to a stranger, an older person, or someone who is in a position of power. This is the more formal and polite way to say “you.” It can be disrespectful to address someone as “tu” if you do not have a close relationship with them. This also leads to the “you all,” which is either “vosotros/vosotras” (vos for short) and with “ustedes.” First and foremost, the “vos” pronoun is typically used in Spain exclusively, and it is uncommon for people to use it in Latin American countries and the United States. It is the informal version of “you all, ” which is the plural version of “tu.” The word “ustedes” is interesting on the other hand. When you are in a country other than Spain, you would use “ustedes” to address people both formally and informally. While the singular form, “usted” is used exclusively for formal addressing, “ustedes” is used for anyone, regardless of how close someone is with the other person or not.

Subject: Writing

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What are the essential steps and key components when it comes to writing an argumentative essay?

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Due to the nature of argumentative essays requiring substantial research, there are several steps and necessary key components when writing one of these essays. Argumentative essays must have a concise and crystal clear thesis statement that appears in the first paragraph first and foremost. As one writes their body paragraphs, clear and comprehensible transition sentences must be written between the introduction, body paragraphs, and the conclusion. When a writer composes the body paragraphs, there must be evidence of support from reliable sources, and any use of sources must be cited any time a writer either quotes or paraphrases. And lastly, one must develop a conclusion paragraph. The best conclusions occur when the previous information is reiterated and shown in a logical light, and not simply repeating what is written in the body paragraphs. If applicable to one’s topic, one should even end by mentioning that further research should be done on the said topic.

Subject: Film and Theater

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What would be the overall purpose of a low angle shot, and when should it be used?

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Alex F.
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In short, a low angle shot is utilized in filming to portray dominance and strength in the character being shown. The camera would be tilted upwards, anywhere below the subject’s eye line to down on the floor, below the subject’s shoe. The low angle shot should also be used to portray an evil character or a villain. In the movie “Citizen Kane” (1941), we see a low angle shot is used when Kane fires Leland. Kane is portrayed as the one who has more power in this situation.

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