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post #1 of 17 Old 08-22-2013, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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College English paper?

So I have to write a paper for my college English class. It's due Wednesday, must be at least 250 words, use active voice, not too many 'to be' words, 3rd person, and it must be about the paragraph that we think is most important in an article about Rosseau (idk about spelling.) Please help? What's 3rd person? How can I make this sound proffesional?
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Third person is he, she, or it.I dont know crap about Rosseau, but it sounds familiar. I believe active voice means not a description per se.

I DESPISE English class, but Im actually very good at writing. I doubt Im alone in that here! ;) You could post your progress here and others can help guide you. Just a thought.

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Rousseau? Is that the only part of the name you have to work with? The only Rousseau I know of is the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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Rousseau? Is that the only part of the name you have to work with? The only Rousseau I know of is the political philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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To sound more professional and adult, avoid vague words and pronouns. My 10th grade English teacher had a poster in her room and I wish I had a picture of it now to give you the entire list but I will never be able to use them in a formal paper again.

Words like "very" or "things" are far too vague. Avoid using the word "it" too often. You may use it in a sentence if you have already declared what the object in question is. If you haven't, then your reader may not know what "it" is.

Also contractions. Just do not.

Since you are in 3rd person, you are speaking as a narrator. You will use pronouns like "he" and "she" rather than "I" and "we." And do not use "you" as if you are speaking directly to your audience because you might as well have been center stage and broken the 4th wall.

But feel free to post your progress, like mentioned. I love English and I particularly enjoy editing others' work. When I reached college, I realized how much emphasis my high school placed on English courses, particularly in my basic composition classes when half the class had never written a research paper and my last one had been 16 pages.
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So what do I do? How do I start? Do I pretty much just explain why I think the paragraph's so important and what it means?
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Please don't take this as a rude reply, because I truly don't mean for it to be- but perhaps taking an introductory English writing class might be in your best interest right now. Have you taken English 1301 yet? (not sure if it has the same name in all colleges, sorry). I'm a highschool senior taking it at college as a dual credit course, and it teaches you to write all kinds of different essays including a thesis, descriptive essay, research paper, etc., It also goes over proper writing 'ettiquette', how to omit to be verbs, how to write actively, and how to write in different tenses.

Another option that may help you as you learn to write papers is buying the book "A writer's reference with writing about literature" by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. It is a VERY useful guide and is required in my English 301 class. It has the rules of grammar, punctuation help, word choice, and multiple other topics covered within it and it is very easy to use.
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Aside from seconding Endiku, yes, the purpose of the assignment is to explain your thoughts on whichever paragraph you chose and why you felt that was the most important paragraph. Use quotes from the paragraph and possibly outside research. Granted, 250 words is really not very long.
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Another option that may help you as you learn to write papers is buying the book "A writer's reference with writing about literature" by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. It is a VERY useful guide and is required in my English 301 class. It has the rules of grammar, punctuation help, word choice, and multiple other topics covered within it and it is very easy to use.
"A Writer's Reference" books by Diana Hacker saved my life in college when I was taking English classes. I probably wouldn't have passed if it wasn't for those books. If it wasn't so late, I would have mailed you one of my copies as I no longer need it.
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I also have a copy sitting around that I don't use much. I didn't need it much for the class I was required to have it for because my english classes in high school were so extensive.
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