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What are some tips for coming up with a good thesis for a paper? (answer)

When I develop a thesis for a paper, I want to say something interesting, different or unique.  I want to express an opinion or provide a solution to a problem and not just state that there is a serious issue.  Remember your teacher or professor has dozens of papers to read.  You...

When do you use "rather" vs. "prefer" to? (answer)

The word "rather" is often used when you are comparing two ideas and favor one of them over the other one.  For example: " I would rather study than go shopping in the mall today. " (You are preferring studying over shopping.)  "Rather" is usually...

What does the conch represent in Lord of the Flies? (answer)

The conch symbolizes social order, respect and power.  When the boys hold meetings around the camp fire, only the speaker who is holding the conch may address the crowd.   The speaker with the conch is supposed to be respected by the group and heard.  In addition, usually the older...

what is a thesis statement? (answer)

Hi Virginia: A thesis statement should not only discuss your topic, but it should also briefly state your point of view.  For example, when writing about global warming, a thesis statement might be:  Global warming and shifts in climate can be slowed, but not eradicated...

How do I start a research paper? (answer)

Hi Lucy: Before writing a research paper, I encourage my students to spend a few minutes doing a brief outline.  List your topic and the points in support of the topic that you want to discuss in more detail.  Then gather your reference materials and start writing.  Keep a...

Is there any proof that Shakespeare wrote his plays? (answer)

Hi Lucy: Alex Knapp of Forbes magazine wrote an excellent article on this subject.  See:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2011/10/19/yes-shakespeare-really-did-write-shakespeare/ Shakespeare was both an author and actor, and he would have modified his works to improve actors'...