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Tutor profile: Sophia H.

Sophia H.
Arts and English Tutor for 5 years

Questions

Subject: Literature

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In one of Shakespeare's most popular lines, he writes "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players." Is this an example of a simile or a metaphor? Explain.

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Answer:

The key difference between a metaphor and a simile is that a simile is directly comparing one thing to another using "like" or "as" while a metaphor is less explicit in the comparison. A simile is actually a type of metaphor, but a metaphor is not part of a simile. For example: "Life is like a rose, covered in thorns." is a simile while "Life is a rose, covered in thorns." is a metaphor. Looking back at the quote in question, you will notice there is no "like" or "as" used therefore making it a metaphor, not a simile.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Which of the following sentences is correct and why? 1. John saw a green interesting chair. 2. John saw an interesting green chair.

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Answer:

2. John saw an interesting green chair. This is correct because in English, the "opinion adjective" typically comes before the "fact adjective". In this case, the opinion adjective is "interesting" and the fact is "green". Of course, the order of adjectives is not limited to just fact and opinion. What if you wanted to describe a "lovely, tall, thin, round, old, pink, Japanese, metal, two-sided, cleaning vacuum"? The rules of the order of adjectives is simple: 1. Opinion(lovely, nice, interesting) 2. Size(huge, small, tiny) 3. Physical quality(messy, thick, soft) 4. Shape(round, square, rectangular) 5. Age(young, old, new) 6. Color(pink, red, blue) 7. Origin(Chinese, French, Dutch) 8. Material(wood, velvet, metal) 9. Purpose(cleaning, baking, cooking) It may seem like a lot to remember now, but the order comes naturally with practice. Eventually seeing an object described in the wrong order will just sound wrong. For example: "Lucy saw a cooking, purple, Chinese, new spatula." compared to "Lucy saw a new, purple, cooking spatula."

Subject: English

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Question:

What are the key elements of an effective persuasive essay?

Sophia H.
Answer:

Although writing a convincing essay requires various components, the main things you need to keep in mind are: 1. Be clear of your stance on the topic from the beginning and maintain the same stance throughout your essay. 2. Keep the three key elements of persuasive writing in mind: logos, pathos, and ethos - Although it isn't required to utilize all three in your essay, understanding the different ways you can appeal to your audience can help you persuade them more effectively. 3. Have facts or examples to support your stance.

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