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Tutor profile: Emma M.

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Emma M.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Read the sentence: "Brightly coloured and squeaky, the child played with his new toy." Is the sentence grammatically correct? Explain why or why not? If not, rewrite it so that it does makes sense.

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Answer:

The sentence is grammatically correct, but it does to make sense contextually. Children are not usually brightly coloured and squeaky (usually). This is an example of a 'dangling participle'—there is a description, but we're not quite sure what it's describing. A better sentence would be, "The child played with his new colourful, squeaky toy." or "Brightly coloured and squeaky, the new toy was greatly enjoyed by the child." This makes sense because we now know that the toy is being described, not the child.

Subject: Shakespeare

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How does Shakespeare portray Lady Macbeth in Act 1, Scene 5?

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Answer:

Shakespeare portrays Lady Macbeth as being extreme ambitious and ruthless. She is willing to murder in order to ensure that Macbeth becomes king. She is also worried that Macbeth's conscious will prevent him from doing what is necessary to make the prophecy come true. She plans to "pour [her] spirits in [his] ear" and convince him that that is the course of action worth following. She also regrets being female, and wishes she were a man—"unsex me here" and "take my milk for gall" suggests her making a deal with spirits to turn her from man to woman so that she can pursue her ambitions openly instead of relying on Macbeth.

Subject: English

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Question:

What does each sentence suggest? Explain the writer' methods: 1) He shut the door. 2) He slammed the door. 3) He sealed the door.

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Answer:

1) This sentence suggests the character closed the door. It is not a particularly clear description. It seems very normal. Nothing particularly noticeable about his action. 2) In this sentence, the character has forcibly closed the door. This could suggest anger or frustration. Perhaps he is making a point. Here, the action helps create an image of how the character is feeling. 3) In this sentence, it is suggested that the character is taking his time in closing the door. He is being meticulous, or really making sure that the door is closed. Once again, the action helps create an image of how the character is feeling or maybe is suggesting something about the events happening in the narrative.

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