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Tamilia A.
Sophomore at University of California Irvine, Majoring in Public Health Policy
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How can you correctly identify a pronoun with its antecedent?

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Read the sentence slowly once, and a second time to clarify meaning. Be sure not to get mixed up with the other words in the sentence, because the main goal is identify the subject in this case, which is a pronoun. Remember common pronouns, such as it and them, so you can correctly match them with the antecedent.

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What is the purpose of a thesis in a persuasive essay?

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A thesis is the one sentence that the reader will take away from the essay and is used to demonstrate a few key points: the topic, the opinion, and the argument. The thesis of an essay should be identified in the first paragraph of an essay, and lead the reader onto the rest of the narrative with ease. Much like a road map, the thesis will lay out the plan and organization of the essay for the reader, and is the summative statement that the author will reference throughout the rest of the essay.

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Describe the earliest memory you can remember. Explain its significance.

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I was 5. I am the height of my mother's mid thigh, and from that vantage point, I look up at my mother. She is looking in the mirror, her mouth folding into a small frown. I remember my mother always being happy, and this was the first time I had ever seen her share an expression that wasn't a bright smile. "What's wrong, Mommy?" I cry out. "Nothing, sweetie. I'm fine." Obviously, she wasn't. Her hands stay curled in front of her, wringing themselves out like a towel ridding itself of water. My gaze floated back from my mother to the mirror, unable to comprehend my mom's anxiety. As I looked from the mirror to my mother the second time, my eyes catch onto a dark figure in front of me. A mess of human hair, tangled and disheveled. I look back up at my mother, her head glistening from the shine of the bathroom lights. I was too young to understand sickness or exhaustion, but I understood unhappiness. I quickly turn around and run to my room, looking for my favorite doll. I rip off the scarf off her head and hurry back to my mother, where she hasn't changed her position even in the slightest. "Mommy, look!" I wrap the scarf around my head, covering all of my hair. "What are you doing baby?" She starts to smile. "I'm you! Wear a scarf with me!" I yell as I grab one of her scarfs on the counter and reach out to her. Her mouth in a huge grin, my mother wraps the scarf around her head in a neat fashion, and starts to assist me in my own head contraption. Satisfied that I could make my mother smile again, I muster the biggest smile a 5 year old could ever imagine. At 5 years old, I had learned the lesson of compassion and selflessness, qualities that I am still honing and developing to this day. But in that moment, I was already the expert. "Don't be sad Mommy. We match!" "Yes, and I'm so happy we do."

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