Tutor profile: Chasia J.
When do I use a semicolon?
If the sentence could end at the point where you want to put a semicolon (it's an independent clause) and an independent clause that follows is also a complete sentence, but you don't want to end the first clause with a period, you can use a semicolon! Semicolons generally connect two complete sentences that are related to one another to make them one sentence instead of two. They are also used in long lists where some of the listed items have commas. In that case, you would use semicolons after each item instead of commas, so that the commas remain distinct in the listed item with commas.
Subject: College Admissions
What are my chances of getting into X school?
This depends on many factors, and even then there isn't a definite formula to get you into a specific school. Schools look at every piece of digital "paper" they request, so letters of recommendation, essays and short answers, interviews, test scores, GPA, and course selection, to name a few. Each school is different. Further, the average GPA and test scores for a specific school is just that, an AVERAGE! This means there are scores significantly below and significantly above this number. Additional circumstances, like athletics, underrepresented backgrounds, or legacy status, and increase your chances of getting into a school. Even then, an admissions counselor could just really like your application and advocate for your admission. There really isn't a formula, so you should just put your best foot forward!
Why is there disagreement over Shakespeare's authorship of his plays and poetry?
Very few of Shakespeare's plays were published during his lifetime. During his lifetime, emphasis was placed on the performance of the play rather than the publication of a print copy. Performances reached a wider audience and brought in more money for the performers and playhouse. Because Shakespeare came from a lower-class upbringing, scholars doubt his ability to produce such an impressive body of work. There is also little evidence confirming Shakespeare's authorship or documenting his life entirely. However, there is evidence that the alternative authors suggested by scholars are not actually the authors of this canon.
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