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Zahra H.
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Writing
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Question:

Write the introduction of a persuasive essay in which you attempt to persuade the reader that school uniforms should be mandatory.

Zahra H.
Answer:

For many of us, childhood was deeply associated with collared shirts, ties, and plaid skirts. School uniforms are often a daily reality for students in the US, where many public and private schools have a mandatory uniform policy. Yet the use of school uniforms remains one of the most contested issues in education. While many students loathe wearing the same (and often dull) set of clothes to school each day, mandatory uniform policies are wonderfully advantageous to the American education system. School uniforms benefit students by creating a unified school identity, reducing bullying based on physical appearance, and keeping students more focused on learning.

English
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Question:

Explain the difference in meaning between the following sentences. Why does the placement of the word "only" change the meaning of the sentence? I only watched the basketball game tonight. I watched the only basketball game tonight.

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Answer:

The placement of the word "only" drastically changes the meaning of the sentence. In the first sentence, the word "only" modifies the verb "watched." This implies that the speaker watched, as opposed to doing anything else to, the game. The speaker only watched the game; they did not participate in it. In the second sentence, the word "only" modifies the noun phrase "basketball game." The speaker watched "the only basketball game tonight," meaning that this is the only basketball game occurring tonight; there are no other basketball games occurring tonight. In conclusion, a modifier should be placed as close to the word it is modifying as possible.

Algebra
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Question:

Mary is ordering a cake and cupcakes from a bakery for her best friend's birthday party. The cake costs 38 dollars, and each cupcake costs 4 dollars. Write an algebraic expression that describes the total amount of money Mary must spend to buy a cake and x cupcakes.

Zahra H.
Answer:

If x equals the number of cupcakes Mary buys, the total amount of money she must spend to buy a cake and x cupcakes is: 38 + 4x Explanation: Mary spends 38 dollars on the cake, and 4 dollars on each cupcake she buys. The total amount spent on cupcakes is amount per cupcake * number of cupcakes, which can be written as 4 * x, or 4x. Then the total amount she spends is the sum of the amount spent on the cake and the amount spent on the cupcakes, which gives us 38 + 4x.

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