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Tutor profile: Hunter H.

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Hunter H.
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Subject: Writing

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Why is a clear thesis statement necessary for an academic paper?

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A thesis statement contains the main point of your paper, it is precisely what you are claiming and arguing for or against. For a reader to understand the subject of your paper with full clarity, your one or two sentence thesis statement must directly state the subject of your paper, the background for said inquiry and an overview of how you will outline the following paper. A thesis statement is most visible as the final part of your introductory paragraph and should contain all the necessary information pertaining to the subject of the paper. It should be written with the requisite clarity, brevity and visibility to function as the way to communicate the main idea that it is.

Subject: Linguistics

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What are some visible orthographic and phonetic clues that show Scandinavian influence on English in the 9th century?

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One major indicator of the Scandinavian origin of an English word is the occurrence is if an English word starts with /sk/. This is a phonetic representation, both 'sc' and 'sk' initial words tend to come from Old Norse. These include' Scald' 'Skin' and 'skull'. If an English work also an unpalatalized /g/ or /k/, it is also of Old Norse origin. This is seen in words like 'egg', 'bag' and 'guess'.

Subject: World History

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The European colonization of the Americans was not a purposeful act but an accident conditioned by the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Why did this event end up leading to Columbus's voyage to the Americas?

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With the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans, European Christian powers hat to find alternative routes to access the silk road. This was a long term consequence of Turkic migrations in Anatolia, conditioned by climate related migrations from Central Asia as well as the growing wealth of Turkic Islamic warlords such as Seljuk. Using control of Europe's accessway to Asia, the Ottomans were able to exert economic pressure by charging high tariffs and tolls of Asian goods and European trade. This, however, was of little consequence for Portugal because they had been sending explorers like Da Gama searching for new, direct routes to modern India and Indonesia in order to access goods such as spice and silk. This was often funded by Italian merchants. Castile and Aragon (Spain) soon followed suit, sending Columbus on a westward Atlantic voyage to India, only to stumble across the Americas (though their distinctness was only solidified by Amerigo Vespucci).

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