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Freya J.
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Spanish
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Question:

Identify the errors in the following Spanish sentences: 1) Soy dieciseis años. 2) La gente votaron por un nuevo presidente. 3) Tengo una roja mochila.

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Answer:

1) In English we use the verb "to be" when talking about age, but Spanish uses the verb "to have." To say "I am 16 years old" in Spanish, you would say "I have 16 years" or "Tengo dieciseis años." 2) In Spanish, the word for "the people" ("la gente") is singular, and takes the third person singular verb form; this is different from English, which uses the plural verb form when referring to "the people." The correct conjugation for the sentence "The people voted for a new president" is "La gente votó por un nuevo presidente." 3) This sentence mistakenly puts the adjective ahead of the noun it is describing; in Spanish, adjectives go after the noun. The correct way to say "I have a red backpack" is "Tengo una mochila roja."

Writing
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What are the elements of a paragraph? How is a successful paragraph in an essay structured?

Freya J.
Answer:

A paragraph is like a sandwich, because it consists of several elements, or ingredients, that relate to one topic and belong in a certain order. Successful paragraphs begin with a topic sentence that introduces a main point. The topic sentence is the top piece of bread in the sandwich analogy. Next come the toppings, officially know as support. Each supporting point should strengthen the claim in your topic sentence. To finish a paragraph, include a closing sentence. This is like the bottom bread in your sandwich, and summarizes your main point. If you like, you can also add sauce to spice up your paragraph sandwich. Types of sauce include definitions (for any complicated or technical terms in your paragraph) and examples to illustrate your supporting points. Put all of these ingredients together, and you'll have a delicious paragraph!

World History
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Name three factors that led to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914?

Freya J.
Answer:

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by Serbians in 1914 was the immediate spark that set off the First World War. Another factor, however, primed the European continent for war years before this event. The sudden emergence of Germany forced other European powers to question how Germany would behave as a strong political and economic world power, raising tensions and priming Europe for conflict. Furthermore, mutual defense alliances between Russia and Serbia, Germany and Austria-Hungary, France and Russia, and Britain, France and Belgium transformed a local conflict into a continental one.

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