Tutor profile: Aubrey C.
How do I make sure I don't have any hanging quotes? In fact, what is a hanging quote?
A hanging quote is a quote from an outside source that is not followed up with a connection to your argument, or that is introduced. Basically, a quote that was plopped in because it was required and not because it supports your argument. When using a quote, it is important to immediately connect the content of the quote back to your thesis statement. To do this, look at the content of the quote and ask yourself, "how does this support my argument?" "what is important for my reader to know about this quote?" Is is also very important to introduce your quote. This means, you need to say who said it and where it was said. An example would be: "Anthony Thomas, the author of the article "chocolate is yummy," argues..."
Subject: English as a Second Language
What is the standard format for an American English essay?
A standard American English essay follows this format: introduction paragraph, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. In your introduction, provide the background for your topic. Many professors will ask for your thesis statement to be the last sentence of your introduction. A thesis statement is a sentence or two that argues a point. An arguable thesis statement means that I should be able to disagree with you. After the introduction comes the body paragraphs and in the body paragraphs should be small parts of your thesis statement. You should also provide evidence from texts or online sources here. Your conclusion is the reverse of your introduction paragraph.
Is the word "they" a plural pronoun or a singular pronoun?
The word "they" is both a plural pronoun and a singular pronoun. When talking about somebody with an unknown gender, or who is non-binary, it is now common to use the pronoun "they" instead of applying the pronoun "he," or "she." I would advise for a formal paper to double check the author's gender, though. It is better to use the proper pronoun that the author uses instead of using "they." This is only because using "they" as a singular pronoun in a formal paper is still looked down upon by some professors.
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