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Tutor profile: Ben T.

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Ben T.
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Subject: Spanish

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Rewrite the sentence in Spanish, but with appropriate indirect and direct pronouns. "He throws the ball to you."

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Answer:

First, we must identify the direct and indirect objects. Just like in English, the direct object is the receiver of the action -- or in simpler terms, it answers "who" or "what". The indirect object is the recipient of the direct object. So in this case. "He" (subject) "throws" (action) the "ball" (recipient of action/"what") to "you" (recipient of the ball). So now we know our indirect object will be "you", which is "te", and the direct object will be "la" because "pelota" is a feminine noun. So our sentence will be: Él te la tira.

Subject: Writing

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What is wrong with the following sentence? "The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, that they should not eat too much, and to do some warm-up exercises before the game."

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The writer doesn't use parallel structure. Parallel structure is the repetition of a grammatical pattern when comparing things/ideas. This is crucial when trying to effectively communicate multiple ideas in the same sentence. The sentence above is difficult to follow. However, by applying parallel structure it makes much more sense: "The coach told the players that they should get a lot of sleep, not eat too much, and do some warm-up exercises before the game." As you'll see, all we did was simply apply the pattern from the first idea to the rest of the ideas. The first idea, "get a lot of sleep", starts with a verb in the present tense. By making sure the following two points did the same, we made the structure parallel.

Subject: English

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“The wind is a tiger, roaring through the woods all night.” This passage is an example of the literary technique known as: *

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A metaphor, because it refers to an object/idea as another in an attempt to describe it. In this case, the attributes of a tiger are used to describe the wind. This could also be confused as a simile. A simile is when we describe Thing 1 as being LIKE Thing 2, whereas a metaphor is more poetic because it tells us Thing 1 IS Thing 2, but not literally. That's why when identifying similes, we look for the word "like". If the sentence read, "The wind is like a tiger..." it would be a simile. But because the wind IS like a Tiger, it's a metaphor.

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