Tutor profile: Dante W.
Is learning Arabic awzaan (اوزان) really important?
Getting a proper grasp of Arabic awzaan is actually the best way for you to expand your knowledge outward to more fully express yourself in the language. Because of Arabic's tri-consonant root system, you increase your comprehension many times over by having an understanding of what each wazan means, and the kinds of verbs (and other words) that fit into that wazan.
What is one way to make my writing more effective?
One tip I always offer to strengthen writing is to minimize passive expressions. This means that sentences like "She was told by her mother" should be changed to "Her mother told her." Clarifying the direction of an action makes the document much easier to read. Avoiding the perfect tense when appropriate also helps: "She had seen" = "She saw." This will tighten up your writing and make any uses of the perfect tense more meaningful.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How do English comparative and superlative adjectives work?
Small, smaller, smallest. Expensive, more expensive, most expensive. Comparative adjectives compare the two nouns they modify. They are formed by either adding the -er suffix or the word "more" before the adjective. Ex.: My dog is *bigger* than yours. Sarah's brother is *older* than her. This ring is *more expensive* than that one. Superlative adjectives are used to describe a situation in which there is nothing that surpasses the modified noun in a given quality. They are formed by adding the suffix -est or the word "most" before the adjective. Ex.: This is the tallest building in the world. (i.e., There is no building taller than this one.) Jordan is my oldest brother. (i.e., I do not have any brothers older than Jordan.) While it may seem a little complicated to figure out which of these two patterns applies to the adjective in question, the pattern is fairly simple. Adjectives of one or two syllables, receive the -er and -est suffixes (with minor changes to comply with English orthography). Adjectives of three syllables or more use "more" and "most." There are a handful of irregular adjectives that will simply have to be memorized, as there is no rule that applies to them.
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