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Daniel M.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Rhetoric requires the skill of writing to be exact. We are not merely talking on paper, the grammar being precise and aligned, much like math. Thus, there are 10 simple patterns to which we can apply all writing. How can we explain the first three patterns?

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Pattern #1: X=X. The equal sign represents a connecting verb ("to be" or "to become"). The X represents the same item on both sides of the connecting verb. "The man was a human being" ; "That little puppy will become a fierce police dog." Pattern #2: X=description. This pattern is the same as #1 but one side contains a description or adjective. "The man was very kind" ; "That little puppy will become fierce." Pattern #3: X + "to be" + time/place This pattern can only be used with the connecting verb "to be". "The man was on time"; "That little puppy is at home."

Subject: World History

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Germany and Japan were part of the Axis Powers. What are two ways in which Japan was like Germany during World War II?

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First, Germany and Japan were both fascist countries. The German sociologist Max Weber said fascism can be a quantified as "common blood; common soil". As neither nation prided itself on expansion and colonization, especially during the Columbian Exchange of the 16th century, ethnocentrism prevailed. Second, both nations victimized the populations of the nations they invaded. Germany targeted not only the Jews, but most individuals whom it deemed undesirable, such as Slavs, Gypsies and homosexuals. This was also the case with Japan's invasion of China and South East Asia. The Rape of Nanjing is one such instance that caused the deaths of 200,000 men, women, and children.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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When should you use the present perfect tense instead of the simple past tense?

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Use the simple past when you mention a specific time, such as "I ate AT 6:00 PM." Use present perfect when something happens in the past but a specific time is not mentioned, such as "I have eaten BEFORE."

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