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Subject: Writing

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What is the function of a thesis statement and why does it have to be put at the end of the introductory paragraph?

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Answer:

A thesis statement is extremely important because it tells the audience exactly what to expect when they are reading your essay. When you look at an online catalog, you might see a listing of product features that tell you what you can expect to find when you buy the product. The same is true for a thesis statement because, like that product description, it gives you some idea of what you can expect when you read the essay, dissertation, or other written communication. The introductory paragraph is meant to introduce readers to the topic that will be discussed later in the essay. Usually, it starts with a hook and then ends with a thesis statement. The reason why it ends with a thesis statement is so that the reader can know what to expect if they would like to delve deeper into the topic at hand. Another reason is so that there isn't an abrupt transition between the introductory paragraph and the first body paragraph.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Why do we need to use a direct object in our sentences?

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A direct object is something that is acted on by the subject of the sentence. For example, we can say John threw the ball to Harry. The ball is the direct object and it is the thing that John threw to Harry. If we were to rewrite the sentence as "John threw to Harry," it would be very confusing because we wouldn't be able to know what was thrown to Harry. It could be anything from a brick to a telephone to whatever you can imagine! Therefore, we need to use direct objects to specify what was being used or acted by the subject. Otherwise, the sentences would be extremely confusing.

Subject: English

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What is the difference between the present perfect tense and the present perfect continuous tense?

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When we use the present perfect tense, we are talking about something that has happened fairly recently in the past. For example, we can use a sentence like "He has graduated high school." This means that he finished high school fairly recently. We can also say, "She has called me again" which means that she called me at some point in the past and had called me on some previous occasion. When we use the present perfection continuous tense, we talking about actions that have started in the past and are probably still going on. If someone says, "She has been calling me." This means that someone has been calling them recently and is still calling them.

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