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Tutor profile: Jeff C.

Jeff C.
Video editor with prior educational experience

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

Define passive voice, illustrating why it is often avoided and some instances of when it is acceptable to use.

Jeff C.
Answer:

In a sentence that uses passive voice, the subject of the action comes in the second half of the sentence. Passive voice is perfectly acceptable to use in some circumstances. A handful of examples are if the subject is not known, is not relevant, the author wishes to be vague about which subject is responsible for the action in question or a general truth is being discussed. Best practices dictate primarily avoiding passive voice.

Subject: Film and Theater

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Question:

Name one way director Mike Nichols' uses the mise-en-scène in The Graduate to illustrate a theme throughout the film.

Jeff C.
Answer:

Mike Nichols uses the mise-en-scène in The Graduate to characterize Mrs. Robinson as a predatory animal. In her house she stalks Ben while set against the backdrop of lush green plants, highly suggestive of jungle foliage. Nichols' elaborates the visual metaphor further as Mrs. Robinson always appears at her meetings with Ben wearing animal prints.

Subject: English

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Question:

Please elucidate your fascination with tutoring the English language.

Jeff C.
Answer:

Having a firm grasp on communicating in English is paramount for those wishing to succeed in carving out a life for themselves in the United States. As a tutor, I'm in a position to assist others along their journey to fluency, an endeavor I find gratifying.

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