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Tutor profile: Madison H.

Madison H.
ESL Tutor for 3 years, Private Music Instructor for 9 years

Questions

Subject: Music

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Question:

Explain the differences between natural minor, (or aeolian mode,) harmonic minor, and melodic minor scales.

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Answer:

In natural minor (also known as aeolian mode if you are familiar with modes,) the 3rd, 6th and 7th notes of the scale are lowered on the way up the scale and on the way down. For example, an A minor ascending scale would be the notes: A B C D E F G A. (And then reverse on the way down.) In harmonic minor, the 3rd and 6th notes are lowered, while the 7th note is raised, like in a major scale. This means there is a whole step between notes 6 and 7, and a half step between notes 7 and 8 (or ti and do.) This is the same on the ascending scale and the descending scale. In our ascending A harmonic minor scale, the notes would be A B C D E F G# A. (And reverse on the way down.) Finally, in melodic minor, the ascending scale and descending scale are different. When we go up, we have a lowered 3rd but a raised 6th and 7th, like in a major scale. When we go down, the 7th, 6th and 3rd notes are all lowered like they are in the natural minor scale. In our A melodic minor example, the notes would be A B C D E F# G# A on the way up, and then A G F E D C B A on the way down.

Subject: English as a Second Language

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Question:

Find the mistakes in the following sentences: 1. Jamie write a story. 2. He is reading a book every day. 3. I clean the kitchen now.

Madison H.
Answer:

1. Jamie writes a story. (Remember, with he/she/it, we add an 's' to the end of all present tense regular verbs!) 2. He reads a book every day. (When we talk about doing something every day, we should use the simple present tense. Simple present tense is the root form of the verb with an added 's' on regular verbs if we are using he/she/it.) 3. I am cleaning the kitchen now. (Just like how we use the simple present tense for things we do every day, we use the present continuous tense for things we are doing now! With the present continuous tense, we use both the 'to be' verb (am, is or are) and add -ing to the end of the root verb!) One way that helps me remember simple present versus present continuous tense is remembering that simple can mean plain or uncomplicated. So when we use simple present tense, we use only one word to make the verb, which is simpler than the present continuous tense where we use two words to form the verb!

Subject: English

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Question:

Find the subject, verb and direct object in the following sentence: Ariana writes her essays after school.

Madison H.
Answer:

Subject: Ariana (The subject is who or what is doing the thing in the sentence. Who writes? Ariana. A subject is usually a person, place or thing.) Verb: Writes (What does Ariana do in this sentence? She writes. The verb is what the subject is doing. It is usually an action.) Direct Object: Essays (Remember, a direct object is the thing the subject is doing the verb to, also known as the recipient of the verb. So Ariana writes what? Her essays!)

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