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Abigail D.
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Compare the two following sentences. Each one says the same thing, but using different words: A) Being of sound body and mind, Angelica stepped forward and prepared to make her statement, which only a few had ever heard before. B) Angelica stepped forward and, being of sound body and mind, prepared to make a statement, her statement, one that only a few had ever heard before. Which sentence is better? Why?

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Answer:

Of these two sentences, A is the better choice. A is able to get its message across more concisely (i.e. fewer words) than B. Furthermore, A is a more direct statement than B, which you can easily see when you count the commas. B has 4 commas, while A has only 2, but since there are only 3 thoughts in this sentence, that means that at least one of the commas in B must be interrupting one of its thoughts. Finally, A is the better choice because it presents the information in a more logical order. In A, Angelica is described before her actions are introduced, and her statement is described only after the statement is introduced in the sentence.

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What are arrays and why do we use them?

Abigail D.
Answer:

An array is a collection of things. These things could be numbers (like ints or doubles), strings, objects, or even other arrays! We use arrays as simple, efficient ways to keep groups of related things together, just like you or I might use a list in real life. For example, if you're a teacher, you might want to keep track of the grades of everyone in your class. How might a program do that? With an array! Or, if you're building a train, you would want to have multiple train cars, all attached to each other. Again, in a program, we can do that with an array. The applications of arrays are seemingly endless, which is why understanding them is so important for any computer science student.

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What is the most important thing to consider before writing an essay?

Abigail D.
Answer:

While answers to this question can differ, because it is a rather subjective one, but the one thing that I have seen that most affects a student's essay is the audience. Considering your audience is one of the most overlooked and most important parts of any writing process, because this can make or break your essay. Think about it like this: you need to borrow $50, and so you decide to ask your Grandmother, your Father, and your Brother. Are you going to ask each of those people exactly the same way? Of course not! And nor should you! Each of those people is persuaded by very different things, and your relationship with each of those people is very different. Your Grandmother might be more likely to spoil you, provided you speak politely, but she also would be less likely to want to give you a loan. Your Father, on the other hand, might be more open to negotiating a loan as a learning experience, but he would be annoyed if you tried to resort to flattery. And your brother, well, we won't even go there... The point is that the success of your argument often depends more on how you say something than what you say, and your audience should be your most important determiner for that.

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