Questions tagged [essay]

Essays are generally scholarly pieces of writing giving the author's own argument, but the definition is vague, overlapping with those of an article, a pamphlet and a short story.

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Do writers write philosophical essays?

I'm son to two philosophers, and maybe this shaped too much my way of understanding the world. I think a lot, or maybe thinking means a lot to me. And, mainly, I think about art questions and art ...
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Is there an alternative to using signposts or questions in essays?

Strangely, in the past two days I've read two opposing viewpoints on how to introduce topics in academic essays. I first read a question and answer that suggested it's better in modern essays to ...
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Can I use “I” in an essay?

Why is it unprofessional to use the first person in a formal essay? I was writing an argumentative paper for my Language Arts AP class, and I got docked points for having "I" in there. Can you ...
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How many points are sufficient for my essay?

I am writing a 3000 word essay entitled 'Challenges and opportunities of future Civil Aviation'. For the essay, I have taken two aspects of the future of civil aviation in supersonic flight and ...
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Books or resources on writing fluidly?

I have ADHD, and while I write often very good essays, some of which are published, I seem to struggle to stay on one thought. When I'm writing an argumentative essay, for example, I get so excited at ...
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Handling Dependencies in Essays

Suppose I'm writing an essay on topic A. My view on A, however, requires the reader to be familiar with certain aspects of other, perhaps seemingly unrelated, topics say B, C, and D. It is not ...
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No Contractions

When writing essays for History class, 5 points are taken off for every contraction. I don't see why writing it fully out is better than using a contraction, since it's shorter and it doesn't affect ...
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Where to find examples of real life situations and counter-arguments to support your arguments in an essay?

I'm currently writing an essay for a school assignment. My teacher's—and Google's—answers as to where to find examples of real life situations and counter-arguments to support my arguments in an essay ...
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When making a statement, when is it adequately supported?

When making a statement in an essay, for example: ''Science is based to much on trust''. How much do you have to argument for/counter argument before the statement is adequately supported? Is there ...
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How to write an English paper about a short story?

I have never written an English paper in my life am in Middle School. My mom (I am homeschooled) is requiring that I "write a paper". The problem is that while I read scientific papers and have ...
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Is it redundant to repeat a subject when it's been implied in a college essay?

Consider the following: During my year at UH Manoa, I felt prepared for my computer science courses given my previous experience with programming, but I wasn’t sure how I could apply myself in ...
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How long does a first draft have to be if the essay i'm writing is 300 words long?

I keep trying to figure out how long the first draft has to be if the essay is 300 words long. Please respond if you know!
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How would you format one essay that asks two different, separate questions?

Traditionally, I've only written essays that have one thesis statement that are supposed to answer one question. Now I'm being asked to answer two separate prompts in one single essay. First prompt: ...
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Should I use he, she, or it when referring to a bird as a metaphor for my cell phone?

I'm writing a descriptive essay about a bird, which is a metaphor of my cell phone. So far, I have been using the pronoun "it" when describing the bird/cell phone; however, it feels awkward as the ...
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If I mention a fictional character in a paper will I need any citations or references?

I'm new here. Anyways my situation is that for my English class I'm writing a paper depicting the similarities between characters in fiction that begin their stories with overwhelming abilities such ...
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Should I use colons and semicolons to summarize information?

I'm writing a paper that goes something like this: To quickly summarize MIT is located in Massachusetts FIU is in Florida, The tuition cost for MIT is 45 thousand versus 6 thousand for 30 credits ...
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How do you escape “wanting-to-be-deep-ism”?

When I write (non-formal essays for/to myself or others), I frequently stumble and freeze on trying to be deep. I usually have the argument or point, but I'll get stuck on phrasing that has a certain "...
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How to interleave a story with context and introspection?

Is it possible to interleave a story with some context and with the first persons thoughts and feelings without distracting, confusing or boring the reader? Content wise, i think the essay-ish piece ...
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Not sure if my idea for a conclusion is introducing a new argument

I hate conclusions, but one thing I know about them is that you're not supposed to introduce new arguments. The theme of my essay is about how the class of characters in the work I'm writing about ...
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Is my counterclaim good? How could it be improved? (This is based on whether or not if Odysseus is a hero or not, I argued that he was not a hero) [closed]

On the other hand, people describe Odysseus as a hero because he fights in the Trojan War and fulfills his rights as king by slaughtering all of Penelope’s suitors. Upon his return to Ithaca, he finds ...
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How do I gather enough material to write a close reading essay?

I always seem to struggle with finding enough information to write a 1500 word close reading essay, and it feels like I stretch my ideas so thin that my essay quality becomes poor. While only ...
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How do I develop my skill at writing essays?

I am interested in writing essays. When I read Emerson's essays, I see that he has a unique style of writing. The quality of prose is consistently maintained across the essays. I write very ...
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How do I cite a short story if there is only one page?

How do I cite a short story if there is only one page? Do I just write "example"(1)?
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Order of body paragraphs/examples in essay writing

Short version: In an essay that aims to persuade and leave an impact on the reader (which also involves making it flow logically), is it more effective to have the larger scale societal example in the ...
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Quoting an expletive in a high school essay?

I'm in 11th grade in a New Zealand high school, and for my end of year exam I'm planning on using a quote from the book I have chosen which contains the word "f*ckin". This is a quote which is ...
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Help with extended metaphor in college essay [closed]

I'm trying to write a college essay using an extended metaphor comparing my desire to pursue education in the future with the creation of a yoyo. This is probably a bit confusing, so I'll try to ...
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Is it really hard to write an essay? [closed]

I'm a BS student and my major is computer science. I like to know more about this major. I mean that i like to read professional essays about different topics in computer science. But the problem is ...
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Finding literary critiques

I have been finding it very difficult to come up with topics/ theses for my essay assignments and I think reading the works of more experienced scholars may be useful. However, I haven't been able to ...
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Mixing essay-like opinions with the story

Is it very uncommon or out of place to mix your own opinions within the story lines? Is it uncommon to change the tone from third person and talk to the reader directly? I have read many tips on ...
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Why do most online articles get to point only after 2 or more paragraphs?

A lot of articles you read online would start by random quotes and abstract thoughts or philosophy not on the actual subject but on things related to the subject,including a lot of personal opinions. ...
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essay writing agree, disagree partially agree

In preparation for IELTS I want to write on "It is important for children to learn the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Punishment is necessary to help them learn this distinction. ...
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MLA: Avoiding Unintentional Plagiarism in Essay Writing

I have a couple of questions about how to correctly cite sources in order to avoid unintentional plagiarism. First, let me give you an example of a paragraph I was reading the other day as part of a ...
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where to publish essays about a life stories for personal development?

I had a few experiences of things which I learned from some amazing people in my life. I would like to share some of these stories. The basic theme of these essays would be to follow your ambitions ...
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Referring to nameless protagonists in essays

My research paper focuses on a novel with a nameless protagonist, so I'll be referring to him a lot. Is there some convention for referring to such characters in academic papers? For context, the ...
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In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative?

In narrative essays, should I make all the paragraphs narrative? For example, the introduction, the body, and the conclusion are all narrative paragraphs. What if I started the introduction with a ...
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Can an essay have a preface?

I'm writing a multi-faceted essay that will fill multiple pages (I suppose that it could be considered a collage of essays that build on each other to support one larger theme). This is something I've ...
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Using sources multiple times in a paper in different places--how to cite

I'm writing a paper for National History Day in my Social Studies class and am using MLA formatting. It occurred to me that I had a lot of differing information from some sources, such as a historical ...
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Thesis statement with or without a preview of the supporting points of the essay?

Examples: Thesis without a preview of the supporting points of the essay: "With a more international world, every citizen should learn to speak a second language." Thesis with a preview of the ...
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Copyright Infringement if I directly gain no money?

I'm currently working on an essay for an award. I'm on a FIRST Robotics Team, and FIRST gives a Chairman's Award at our competitions. One part of this award includes an essay. Our team's name relates ...
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How do I structure an essay into a thesis statement and three points in three paragraphs? -this is not a school homework [closed]

I'm writing an essay but I struggle with thesis statements and paragraphs. My teacher wants my thesis to be significant, specific, single, and supportable. I often know what I want to write, but ...
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'I would argue that ABC.' vs 'ABC.'

I write a fairly informal, opinionated blog about a variety of subjects, politics, relationships, mental well being, general life observations etc. I'm trying to make my writing more concise - to ...
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Should I put diagrams into a formal essay?

I have asked a question like this before in Workplace, but this time is only about diagrams specifically, and on formal work generally. Some answers in there say that I can use the Venn diagram if I ...
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In a formal writing, does having a paragraph rewritten by another person make the style change noticablely?

I am writing a personal statement to apply to a grad school. At first, I thought that because the role of this statement is to show an image of me as a person, using the tone I usually use when ...
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What is the fine line between “confidence” and “presumption”? [closed]

I am about to apply to a grad school, and I have prepare the SOP for it (think it like a cover letter to apply to a job). I know the rule: show what I've got, not tell how I think I'm cool. I've tried,...
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“Works” in Works Cited when there is only one source?

I am currently writing an essay on Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and I only have one source. Do I still call it a "Works Cited" page? I read this following website, but it didn't seem to help: ...
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Essay Writing Introduction Paragraph

How do I write an introduction paragraph when it comes to writing a simple essay for those who have no idea what to write about and I don't have a creative mind? Please explain to me step by step.
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How To Write Concisely

I am a high school student, and am concerned with my recent compositional tendencies. This past year, I took AP English Language and Composition. It was a rather difficult class, as writing is not my ...
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Avoid repeating specific words with no synonyms

For a short essay assignment (650 word limit), I'm writing about how my experiences with learning Norwegian shaped me as an individual with the underlying idea centered around how sharing a common ...
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Is the word Nazi italicized? [MLA]

Recently my writing tutor told me any word in a foreign language should be italicized. I was unsure if MLA was important to answer this question; just in case, I've included it in the title. I'm ...
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Do I need a complete collection of essays with which to approach an agent or a sampling?

I haven't the foggiest notion of what is being asked of me here. To elaborate on my question, can you market a collection of essays (some as yet not written) by submitting say five or so, three of ...