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Timothy B.
English Major at University
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Writing
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Question:

When writing, what are some techniques that one can use to help create or facilitate ideas?

Timothy B.
Answer:

There a few methods that one can use to create, manage, or facilitate ideas. One method is a five-minute freestyle session. Simply grab a sheet of paper, or using a computer word document, and choose your topic and without stopping, or being distracted, write as much as you can without worrying about the correctness. Once done, take a look at what you've written and seen if there is anything to glean from it. Another method is called the Word Storm. To word storm, start with one word associated with the topic that is frustrating you. Write the first next word that it makes you think about, draw a line from the first to the second, and then repeat so on and so on until you've filled the paper. If those two methods don't work, you can always research your idea online or through a library. Still stuck there? Call a friend, or email a professor. Reading or communicating with experts in the field pertaining to your idea can be helpful in illuminating areas where you couldn't see before.

US History
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Question:

What does Limited Government mean? Who does it apply to?

Timothy B.
Answer:

A limited government is a governmental body that has laws and/or a constitution that limits the way in which a government can and can't prescribe ways in which people or business operations. A limited government applies to all citizens of the government that is limited.

English
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Question:

What are the other names for an Oxford comma, and what is it used for? Besides those types of commas, how else can a comma be used in sentence construction?

Timothy B.
Answer:

The Oxford comma is also known as the serial comma and Harvard. These types of commas are inserted before each item in a set of at least three items. For instance: Joe took Mary, Sam, and bob too the market to shop for groceries. Another way that the comma can be used is for punctuation effect. Commas can be placed between an independent and dependent clause in front of the following coordinating conjunctions: But, Yet, and Because. Also, commas can be placed before a character speaks such as, Joe said, "Hi," Commas can also be used to create breath lengths in a sentence. Long sentences without commas can cause the reader to be frustrated or last in the writing. Inserting a comma at fitting locations in the sentence can help the reader take a breath, collect the idea, and move forward. Here is an example of a sentence with and without a breath comma. Without: After I took my break at lunch I ran a long five miles to get my heart racing. With: After I took my break at lunch, I ran a long five miles to get my heart racing.

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