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Tutor profile: Lindsay S.

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Subject: Writing

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Question:

How can I make my writing sound better?

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Lindsay S.
Answer:

A great way to make your writing sound better is to vary your sentence lengths by using different types of sentences. Often when writing, our sentences can all be too short, making it sound like a robot, or our sentences can be too long, making us feel like we can't take a breath. We can fix this problem by using different types of sentences instead of just one. 1. Simple Sentence: Henry waited for the bus. This type of sentence has only one subject (Henry) and one verb (waited). 2. Complex Sentence: While waiting for the bus, Henry read a book. This type of sentence has one independent clause (a sentence that can stand alone) and one or more dependent clauses ( sentences that cannot stand alone). Independent: Henry read a book. Dependent: While waiting for the bus 3. Compound Sentence: Sarah was also waiting for the bus, and she listened to music. This type of sentence has two independent clauses (sentences that can stand alone). Sarah was also waiting for the bus. She listened to music. 4. Compound-Complex Sentence: While waiting for the bus, Henry read a book, and Sarah listened to music. This type of sentence has two independent clauses (sentences that can stand alone) and at least one dependent clause (sentences that cannot stand alone). Independent: Henry read a book. Sarah listened to music. Dependent: While waiting for the bus.

Subject: Literature

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What is the difference in theme and main idea? Aren't they the same thing?

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Answer:

Theme and Main Idea are not the same thing. I like to think of theme as something you can describe in one word or a short sentence: friendship, loyalty, it's okay to be different, hard work pays off. It is an overall message that the story is trying to tell. The main idea tells what the story is about. It is like a summary sentence: The story is about a girl who goes to great lengths to save her friend's life. (Think about when you read what a book or movie is about.)

Subject: English

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Question:

How do I know when to use "me" or "I?'

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Lindsay S.
Answer:

Great question! Let's look at some examples. Correct Use of "Me" 1. Hannah invited Ben and me to the party. I can break this sentence apart and it will still make sense. I can say, "Hannah invited Ben to the party. Hannah invited me to the party." Incorrect Use of "Me" 2. Ben and me are going to the party. When I break this sentence apart, it no longer makes sense. I could say, "Ben is going to the party." I wouldn't say, "Me is going to the party." Correct Use of "I" 3. Ben and I are going to the party. Ben is going to the party. I am going to the party. Both sentences make sense. Incorrect Use of "I" 4. Hannah invited Ben and I to the party. Hannah invited Ben to the party. (Yes!) Hannah invited I to the party. (No) Break the sentences apart so you can hear how they sound.

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