Are commas really all that important? Yes. Student: Help, my teacher said I need more punctuation. Me: You’ve come to the right place! Student needed to add commas to the essay. Student also needed advice for knowing when to add commas, even when the Tutor is not around. Here’s a partial list, based on Student’s… Read More More Punctuation, Please.
Student had a homework question – Agree or Disagree: Generally, men seemed less concerned about building a relationship than women. Student is not a native English speaker. French grammar treats verbs a little differently than English. The man is less concerned than the woman? The woman is less concerned than the man? I am So… Read More So very concerned
Working in the Resource Lab on Friday before the big vacation, and there are 7 students at various levels of English working on their homework for the on-line writing assignments. I love signing off for people who keep working until their work is perfect. Kudos, folks!
Student had to write an essay about something not school-related that he is passionate about. Am I supposed to use personal pronouns in this essay about myself? Oh, the dreaded Personal Pronoun rule. If one is writing about a general topic, then the Point of View should also be general, which means not using personal… Read More Tutor vs The Personal Pronoun Take II
Another semester, another round of the same essays. Dear Professor, while A Rose For Emily will never not be delightfully creepy, it is possible that OTHER short stories by Faulkner might ALSO be delightfully creepy. Dear Professor, “The Hills Like White Elephants” is so old. Never do Hemingway again. Not Any. Ever. Dear Professor, a… Read More Same Song, Second Verse
“As I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen is about a mom who raised her daughter Emily after her husband left her. Mom was flat broke and couldn’t be ‘the good mom’ while also being the bread-winner. Now the social worker at Emily’s school wants to have a talk… while Mom stands there, ironing.… Read More One Paper, So Many Tiny Errors
“The idea that uncontrolled immigration is bad comes from the ____ right.” The word that belongs in the blank is: poultices particles politics political When a student in a college English class does not realize that spell-check offered the wrong word first and the right word third, sentences can produce strange meanings. Does this come… Read More The Right Word