topic sentences

Particle Sequence in Korean

In Korean a topic in a sentence or a phrase ending with the particle 은/는, is most of the time a noun or a noun phrase. Though it can also be other particle phrases, expression of time, place, manner etc. like 아침에 in the morning, 학굔개서 from(or at) school, 벤으로 with a pen, 연필로 with a pencil and so on. When a phrase like that turns into a topic it becomes a sequence of particles, the last one will become the topic particle 은/는.


아침 에는 커피를 마셔요

In the morning, I drink coffee.

(lit. compared to what I do the rest of the day)

학균게사는 야구를 해요

At school, we play baseball.

(lit. Talking about what happens at school, we play baseball there)

자전거로는 못 가요

You can’t go (there) by bike. 

(lit. Talking about going by bike, you can’t go there that way.)

Particles that do not enter into sequence with 도/은/는, the subject particle 을/를, the direct object particle


한국말을 가르쳐요.

Do you teach Korean?

아니오, 한국말은 김 선생님이 가르치세요.

No, it’s Mr. Kim who teaches Korean

(lit. Do you teach Korea? No, if it’s Korean, Mr. Kim(is the one who) teaches it.)

similarly appears instead of 이/가 or 을/를 but not in combination with them.


개가 있어요?

Have you a dog?

네, 있어요.

Yes, I have.

고양이도 있어요?

Have you a cat, too?

This means that some of the sentences with this particle are ambiguous like sentences in which the subject particle or direct object particle is dropped.

On its own, Ni is a very extreme function. It’s so easy to get lost within Ni if one isn’t careful because it’s such an interesting world. Insights are anywhere and everywhere to analyze. Anything and everything can strike your fancy and you can spend hours trying to unravel a single intuition. It’s like a never ending maze of twists and turns without any dead ends. And that’s where the danger lies. Without any dead ends, how do you know when to stop? How long will you keep walking into an endless void of truths before you lose yourself in it? After all, when everything is a concept and interpretation, what is real?

how to write a research paper with 0 stress

Papers where you have to have citations are the worst, but if you have to do them here’s a tip from me because I’ve been writing them the same way for a year and it’s way easier.

1) figure out what you want to “prove” with your paper. basically your thesis statement, but you don’t need to write it out as such yet

2) figure out the different ways in which you’re going to prove it. these are your topic sentences, but again, you don’t need to write them out yet

3) gather your sources that you will cite. find any relevant citations and write them out in proper citation format (MLA, APA, etc). 

4) organize your citations into categories based on your topic sentences. this cite proves my point in this way, and this other one proves it in this way.

5) type your paragraphs around the citations. have them in the same place and figure out how to connect them, and there’s your paper

doing it this way, I can write a 7 page research paper in about 2 hours total. seeing all your proof and writing about why it proves what you want to prove is WAY easier than writing why something might prove your point and then finding out that it actually doesn’t

~ㄹ/을 텐데(요)

This grammar point can either be used at the end or the middle of a sentence, however, the meaning conveyed differs slightly.  

1. End of a sentence

By placing at the end of a sentence, you indicate that you suppose or expect something to be the case. This is typically done when the speaker is not the acting agent (the subject/topic) of the sentence. 

거기는 돈이 많이 들 텐데.

준수는 아마 혜진이랑 같이 갈 텐데.

나: 유진 씨한데 도와 달라고 하면 도와 주겠지요?

가: 글세요. 유진 씨가 요즘 많이 바쁠 텐데요. 

How does it differ from ~ㄹ/을 것 같다?

- You are slightly more sure of something happening.

-  You are indicating a very slight feeling of being worried, annoyed (depending on the context). 

2. Middle of a sentence

When used in the middle of a sentence it has the meaning of ‘it is probable that … so/but.’ The first clause (before ~ㄹ/을 텐데) indicates a strong expectation. While the second clause introduces a related or contrary statement. This second clause is often a suggestion, order or question. 

길이 막힐 텐데 지하철로 가자.

김치찌개가 매울 텐데 괜찮겠어요?

유진 씨가 많이 늦을 텐데 기다릴 거예요?

날씨가 추울 텐데 반바지를 입고 돌아다닌다.

오늘이 추석일 텐데 송편 먹었니? 

나: 오늘 시험을 3개 봤어요.

: 많이 피곤할 텐데 푹 쉬어요. 

Often used as part of greetings.

바쁠 텐데 와 줘서 고마워요.

힘드실 텐데 초대해 주셔서 감사합니다. 

~ㄹ/을 테니까 has a very similar meaning (however is usually not used for intention.

lena dunham is an idiot and all around horrible person and i don’t think i need to explain why. her comments about wishing to have an abortion and wishing she was a lesbian were ridiculous and dumb, however it does bring up a point about how many people, typically on tumblr, tend to act. i’ve seen countless posts about certain topics that include the sentence “and if you’re not black/queer/trans/etc. your opinion on this is invalid,” which makes allies who are not this thing feel like they can’t help. and while obviously you’d be more likely to listen to someone who has actually went through whatever trouble or experience they’ve had as the person they are, telling people who are not this person but want to support them that their opinion is less valuable does make them feel pretty useless and unimportant, which i can’t say is why lena dunham “wishes” she had an abortion or “wishes” she was a lesbian because again, there are many reasons why she’s a piece of trash, but i do think this situation presents the problem of shutting out the opinions of non-____s

Jumin Helps With School Stress

I feel like this is a little off character??? I dunno, I like it anyway:)))) Enjoy!
School was your nemesis, and if it were alive, you’d be its nemesis. You were on your 3rd year of college and tonight you were struggling to not throw your laptop out the window while writing this god forsaken essay.  You would of just given up if you weren’t deathly afraid of getting a horrible grade, so more writing for you!
Sitting up in the bed you shared with your boyfriend, who was currently still at work, you tried to think of a good topic sentence for your last paragraph.You typed slowly, your fingers grazing over each key, as you tried to think of words. Any words. It was already 2 am, and fatigue had been looming over your head like a moth drawn to a flame. You groaned and pressed random letters on the keyboard out of frustration and quickly deleted the mess of letters left in your wake.
The door to your room opened and walked in your boyfriend, Jumin Han. He looked exhausted, a full day at the office will do that. You momentarily look up at him, not wanting to lose the focus you worked so hard to keep.
“Hey.” You mumbled, erasing the sentence you wrote with a groan following.
“Hello, Princess,” He said taking off how tie and placing it on the dresser near the  door.
He makes his way to the side of the bed you’re on, puts a finger under your chin and makes you look at him in the eyes.
“What are you writing?” He asks and brushes a lock of hair out of your face.
“An essay on um..” You turn your attention back to the screen quickly,“Stockholm Syndrome. I’ve been working on it all day. It’s such a complex thing and it’s exhausting to explain in detail.” You look at him again. He’s just staring at you.
“You still look absolutely gorgeous when you’re tired.” He whispers and kisses your lips again, pushing you back slightly. You two part and he plants another kiss on your forehead. You turn back to the laptop and resume writing as Jumin takes a pile of clothes to the bathroom.

A few minutes later, Jumin emerges from the bathroom wearing…sweatpants? And a t-shirt? The ‘commoner’ ones you got him last month…
You look at him, amazed. Normally, he’d wear some expensive ‘designer’ pajama set that he swore would make him sleep better.
“What’s with the get-up?” You giggle, “Getting tired of being so fancy?” He glances at you with a smirk before tossing his dirty clothes into the laundry basket.
“I was just thinking about how you said they’re comfortable, and I decided to give them a chance.” He said throwing a small smile in your direction.
“And I must admit,” he said as he climbed on the bed, “They are exceptionally comfortable.“  You hum in agreement.
His weight shifts from next to you to behind you and his fingers softly glide up and down your back, sending shivers down your spine.  He moved closer to you, his chest flat against your back and his legs wrap around your hips. You can’t help but giggle.
"What is so amusing, kitten?” His head is perched on your shoulder, watching you type.
“You’re wrapped around me like a sloth.” You stifle another giggle as he wraps his arms around your waist. He kisses your neck, down to your shoulder and back up again.
“Has any sloth you’ve met been as affectionate?” He mumbles into your neck.
“Let me think…” You look around as if you were trying to remember something, “actually, this one sloth-”
His lips are pressed against yours again. Sweet. Soft. Lush.

anonymous asked:

how would you say "i want to go ride a bike" in korean and can you break down the grammar in the sentence?

“저는 자전거를 타고 싶어요"


  • : Polite “I” 
  • 자전거: Bike
  • 타다: To ride
  • 싶다: To want (to), to wish (to)


The subject/topic of the sentence is yourself, so we say 저 (polite “I”) and attach it to the topic marking particle “는”

“자전거” is the object (the thing that the main verb of the sentence acts on) so we attach the object marking particle “를” to it. 

~고 싶다: To want to do (something). This grammar construct is attached directly to the verb stem. Here it is attached to the verb 타다 and then conjugated in present tense to form “타고 싶어요” (I want to ride)

Altogether, this leaves us with the sentence above! :3

Time To Time (a poem)

Time To Time

Your love poems
fatigue me
especially the ones
about how you miss
someone you loved
who didn’t
love you back
so my advice is
quit wasting ink on them
the sun sets quick
with the moon following fast
so give that a try
in your next topic sentence
and to those of you
writing about how happy
you are right now
being in love
I will rein in my bitterness
and hope your one of the few
who make it
but a poem about the rain
waking you up
from a long nap
would be good
from time to time
just to break
the monotony of your joy
if only for a moment
for the rest of us.

Information about the subject particle 이, 가 and topic particle은, 는

The subject particle 이, 가, puts spotlight or focus on the noun before it (often the subject).
The topic particle  은, 는, marks its noun as the sentence topic (what the sentence is about), to point up a contrast, or to mark its noun as old or given or assumed information.

When you first mention a subject and it is new information, the particle 이, 가 is usually used. Thereafter. in the same context, if the subject is repeated at all, it had become old information and the particle 은, 는 is usually used. 

이것 무엇이에요? What’s this?
그것 우산이에요. That’s an umbrella. 
In this example, the subject is the umbrella and when it is first mentioned we used the subject particle 이 and when it is mentioned a second time, we used the topic particle 은, marking it as old information.

Once a particular subject has been mentioned there is no requirement to keep referring to it in subsequent sentences; you can just drop it. However, if the subject is mentioned again, then it would be considered as old information and the subject would be followed by the topic particle  은, 는.

You can create topics from any element in the sentence (except the verb) by pulling the element out of place, saying it first, and putting 은, 는.
At school 은, 는 that student is now studying Korean.
To mention what’s going on at school.
In this sentence, the topic particle marked school as the sentence topic. What happened at school? 
Korean 은, 는 that student is studying [it] at school now.
From the beginning we can understand that the sentence topic is “Korean” and that they want to say something about it.
“What I want to say about the Korean language is…”
In this sentence, the topic particle marked Korean as the sentence topic. Compare the two sentences, in the first one we put school in the beginning followed by topic particle. To change the sentence topic, we moved Korean to the beginning followed by the topic particle. 

The particle 은, 는 could also be used to contrast.
김 선생님 의사예요. 그렇지만 나 희사원이에요.
Mr. Kim (he) is a doctor. But (me) I’m an office worker. 

The subject particle 이, 가, puts a spotlight on the noun it follows. It appears often with subject that have not been mentioned previously in the text.
Certain words, rarely appear as Korean topics, but frequently as subjects. These are words that inherently ask for new information such as: 누구 (who), 무슨 (what (kind of?)), 무엇 (what?), and 어느 (which?). When you answer a question having one of these words, you use a subject to apply the new information, rather than using a topic.
어느 것이 잡지예요? Which one is a magazine?
저것이 잡지예요. That one over there is a magazine. 

If the question word occurs outside of the subject or topic, then the subject and topic positions in the sentence are handled as described above. 

In the sentences below, the question word does not occur outside the subject or topic, so the subject upon it’s first mention will have 이,가, and if it it mentioned thereafter, 은,는, is used.
이것 무엇이에요? This thing is what?
그것 잡지예요. (That thing) is a magazine.

I hope that was helpful and not too confusing. Feel free to print this out and use it as a reference. I have got this information from the book: Elementary Korean - Second Edition and is so far it is very helpful!

How to write a bomb ass essay (For SATs, APs, and all your other essay-writing needs)

This is based on my AP literature class, and so I will be using examples that relate to literature essays. But you can expand this beyond that.

Basically if you can write three sentences, you can write a bomb ass essay.

First write your thesis. Yes I know, writing a thesis sucks! It’s hard to think of something to say when you don’t actually care about what you’re writing. But DO IT. It doesn’t have to be good. It does have to be something you can argue about. Not a fact or a description but an argument. Write it three lines down the page.

Now come up with two topic sentences. Each topic sentence is going to be a mini-thesis that argues your thesis from a specific angle. If you’d like you can put these angles into your thesis itself. (For example your thesis could be “Shakespeare’s Hamlet uses dramatic irony and Christian spirituality in Claudius’ monologue to discuss themes of control.” Then your first topic sentence would be “Hamlet explores themes of control through dramatic irony in Claudius’ monlogue” and your secont topic sentence would be “Clauius’ exploration of spirituality illuminates the themes of control in Hamlet.” I’m sure at least five kids in my AP Lit class used those exact sentences for our Hamlet essay.)

Put one of your topic sentences below your thesis. Now you do the stoplight paragraph/hamburger paragraph/whatever weird metaphor your teachers used to discuss paragraph structure. It sounds like bullshit but it works. Use two examples from the text. (If I were talking about dramatic irony and Claudius, for example, I would probably use the fact that Claudius doesn’t know Hamlet is listening, and that Hamlet doesn’t know Claudius isn’t actually praying. Or something like that.) It should look like this:

“Topic sentence. For example, thing that happens in the text. Explanation of why this has to do with the topic sentence. Another sentence of explanation. A third explanation sentence, if you need it. Another example of this is other thing that happens in the text. Explanation of why this has anything to do with the topic sentence. Once again this can be a few sentences long. Example one and example two show that restatement of the topic sentence.”

Now skip a line and do the same thing with your other topic sentence.

Congratulations! You have just written a bomb ass essay!

Your essay isn’t finished, but you have the most important parts of it, which are your arguments. If you have time now, write a conclusion. I know conclusions are awful, but do it. Honestly conclusions are still a mystery to me, but I know they start with restating your thesis and end with bullshitting one or two sentences in order to sound like you know what you’re doing. Even if you don’t do the bullshitting part, restate your thesis. This is something graders look for. Also, restating your thesis does not have to be a fancy reevaluation of your writing. It means writing the exact same sentence with some words switched around. My usual tactic is to write my original thesis as “Work uses x and y to show theme” and rewrite it as “Theme of work is clear through x and y.”

If you still have time after that, go back up to to the top and write an introduction. (This is a good step to do if you have time, but it isn’t necessary. If you don’t have time or don’t think you’ll write a good introduction, don’t. I didn’t write an introduction to any of my AP lit essays and I got a 5 on the test.) Alternatively you can read over your essay and edit it.

I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times before and it sounds condescending, but I swear to you this is what we spent more than half of my AP English class working on. (The other half was like actually reading books and stuff.) It wasn’t until halfway through the year (my senior year mind you) that I actually understood how to use this structure, and some kids in my class never fully got it. I promise you that if you stick to this model (the crux of which is writing the thesis and topic sentences before anything else), you will pass your AP literature test, and you will absolutely slay the SATs. (The SATs will be so impressed that you know what an argument is and how to write a paragraph that they won’t care whether your writing is any good or your argument makes sense.)

I hope someone finds this helpful. (<–this is me sucking at conclusions.)

Tutoring Ron - Fred Weasley Imagine (requested)

Request: Something really cute with a jealous Fred Weasley please? Maybe where he thinks his girlfriend is spending a lot of time with Ron but she’s only tutoring him

I thought this was a cuteeee request! And soooo sorry because this sucks and i wrote it on my phone in like 30mins so please forgive me!!!!! Request are open!!!


“No Ron, you’re doing it wrong. Here… don’t start your introductory with a question, it’s too bland. Also, never end a paper that way. Make sure you include your topic sentence and back it up with your evidence.” Ron scratched the back of his neck taking note of every little advise y/n presented to him. His attention diverted between y/n and the bedaub paper of black ink scribbles.

Ron had asked y/n, who was top of her class, for help on his potions essay hoping she’d just write out the whole thing for him, but tragically things hadn’t worked out that way. y/n took his request as a basic tutoring session and began straight away on teaching Ron the step by step procedure of making a well written and grade A essay.

Snape was strict and y/n knew this but she’d never gotten anything less than two marks on a paper or test in his class. Ron on the other hand had never gotten more than two right.

“So, um, I would, uh, start with… explain the gist of what my entire paper will be on…?” Ron questioned hesitantly. y/n smiled and nodded,

“Exactly! The one thing is be careful not to give too much information away.”  Ron shook his head, relieved that he was finally on the path to understanding what y/n had been going on and on about the whole session.

“Hmm, easy enough.” y/n rolled her eyes, glancing around the dead library. Looking past the bolded black sign labeled ‘History’, y/n’s e/c orbs locked onto a pair of chocolate pooling warm eyes. It was an unexpected sight and to say she was confused would be an understatement. Standing in tensed solitary was y/n’s boyfriend of two years, Fred Weasley.

y/n grinned widely, not wasting a second and waving him over, inviting the elder brother to join his younger one and her. Fred didn’t move a single muscle that was until Ron spoke up.

“And when I start on the first paragraph… the body one all I’d have to do is- hey you okay?” Ron asked abandoning his earlier trail. y/n shrugged, nudging her head over to the agitated Fred who had ignored the pair and was ratting through a pile of books. Ron snickered catching on to what y/n had over seen. Fred’s head shot up then turned away rolling his eyes in annoyance.

“Is he…?” y/n giggled to Ron. Roaring in laughter, Ron leaned back in his chair making faces over to his brother.

Fred grinded his teeth together before settling on comforting the two and taking long quick strides over to their scattered messy table.

“Thought I’d like to make it to you clear to you lovebirds that some people in this library are actually trying to study so I would greatly appreciate it if you two could shut the hell up.” He spat poisonously. Stepping back, Fred disappeared into a row of dust filled books not even bothering to look back. y/n concealed her laughter and pushed away from the table deciding to follow him. Ron continued laughing despite being completely alone in his own humor.

y/n traveled further into the section Fred had ventured off in, and finally caught up to him after a minute or so.

“Freddie, what’s wrong?” She mused taking steady steps until they were face to face. Fred glued his eyes on the ground refusing to answer.

“Did I do something, because if I did I’m really sorry.” Silence fell over the room like a warm coated blanket.

“No… well sort of. It not particularly you, it’s my ninny of a brother! He knows were together and have been since-“ y/n stepped forward placing her lips firmly against his, shutting him up. Fred’s lips twitched in suppuration but soon later relaxed locking y/n’s body tight against his. Pulling away /n smiled up to him foolishly.

“Don’t blame your brother, love. It was my fault I sort of forced him into it… wanted him to at least get half a good mark. I’m sorry I for upsetting you, darling.” Fred chuckled hugging her for comfort. y/n leaned into him for warmth.

“Not your fault, y/n. I shouldn’t have acted so immaturely… but I just love you so much and the way Ron was making you laugh and you look so devoted and I was more or less mad at myself. I really do love you, beautiful.”

“I love you too, ginger.”  

~ Daizy


A little belated on this front, but I’ve surpassed 500 followers, and to thank you all I’ve devised a game, which gets you a tailored ficlet and gives me something to do other than trawl through my study notes. 

It’s as simple as this: 

1. Leave a line - quotation or topic sentence - in my inbox and I’ll write you three paragraphs to follow. Anon is fine!

2. You’re welcome to specify the character, or ship, you want the line(s) to be attributed to, or you can leave it to me to choose.

3. Please keep it within the character count of the ask box, and I’ll answer! 

4. AUs encouraged! All ships and characters accepted - no matter how obscure! NSFW is welcome! RPF not accepted, and please keep your prompt Harry Potter, Cursed Child, or Fantastic Beasts related.

A brief formatting example:

Q:  Newt Scamander: “Now, how did you get in there?” (Tina/Newt, canon!verse)

A: From beneath bunched curls, an eyebrow arched - a gesture towards the scamp scrabbling beneath Tina’s coat. “What have I told you about going into people’s coats? It’s impolite at best.” Try as he might, Newt failed to sound exasperated - how could he be as the befuddled creature struggled to cling to the slippery silk lining of her winter coat? He could hear panicked scarpering from there.

Pilfering paws emerged from beneath one woolly lapel, and a snuffling snout followed. A niffler, Tina realised, and the pesky bundle of blue fur was clutching her auror’s badge: a silvery shimmer as the light struck it. “How did I not feel that?” She asked, aghast, peering down at the thing.

“Deadly crafty, nifflers, you ought not to feel foolish about it. Light-fingered little thieves, they are…” Flushing now, Newt stepped closer. “Would you mind if I..?” His hand was outstretched and he inched in. Given a nervous nod, he inched in and scooped up the nuisance. “But also rather adorable ones too,” he promised, and tickled the squirming beast’s belly - and with a tinkle the badge hit the floor. “I believe this is yours.” His gaze humbly turned to the floor and he returned it to her.

But do feel free to be more descriptive than that in your request if you have a particular scenario in mind! Depending on the amount of requests I get, I may leave requests open for a few days; but please, send your requests in and ask away! 

P.S. - I’m partial to historical AUs - Ancient Rome and Victorian England are just a couple ideas! The more imaginative the better!

Originally posted by colinfarrellsource

“다시 run run run 난 멈출 수가 없어 

또 run run run 난 어쩔 수가 없어”

Run - BTS


  • 다시: Again, once more
  • : I (shorthand for the informal “I” and the topic marking particle 는)
  • 멈추다: To stop, to halt
  • : Once more, again
  • 어쩌다: 1) Accidentally; casually; unexpectedly; by chance, by accident 2) Occasionally, once in a while, from time to time, now and then, at times


난 is a combination of the informal 나 “I” and the topic marking particle 는, making the speaker the topic of the sentence. 

멈출 is the word 멈추다 (to stop, to halt) attached to the grammar construct ~ㄹ/을 수 없다. This grammatical structure is attached to the end of a sentence or clause, used to express that one “can not do”. Here it is conjugated informally in present tense (없 + 어 = 없어). Therefore implying that the speaker ‘cannot stop’.

Because 수 is a noun, particles can be attached to it, for example, 수 has been attached to the particle ~가. Although this doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence, it tends to be attached when the situation is being emphasised. 

어쩌다 has two meanings; accidentally, and occasionally. 어쩔 수가 없어 is a combination of the word 어쩌다 and the grammatical construct ~ㄹ/을 수 없다, which actually gives the impression of “can’t help it”.

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dragonwithgoggles  asked:

When you finish a paper only to find that you wrote it on the wrong topic

Yes! I’m finally done!

….oh NO..


For university students, we all know that lectures are most often the worst thing in the world. Most of the time they are early in the morning (ugh, didn’t even have time for coffee!) and can often run as long as 3 hours (snooze!) So Ive complied a bit of information that may help you in preparing for lectures! 

Preparing for a lecture: 

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Misadventures #34
  • INTP: *typing*
  • INFP: Hey, INTP, what do you think of my essay? *looks at INTP expectantly* *smiles*
  • INTP: *looks over at INFP's monitor* *reads essay*
  • INTP: *points* Your intro is sloppy. The topic sentence is too blunt and straight-forward. Those are bad transitions: here and here. The first sentence of each paragraph would sound better if you revised the wording. The conclusion isn't solid.
  • INTP: *looks back at own monitor and continues typing*
  • INTP: ...
  • INTP: *thinks* Wait, I probably should have said something positive too. *looks over and opens mouth to say something nice*
  • INFP: *deleted the whole thing*
  • INTP: *stares in shock* I didn't mean... you didn't have to...
  • INFP: THERE, INTP, are you happy now?!
  • INTP: Not particularly...
Tips for Bullshitting Papers

Okay so it’s finals week here on my campus so here’s Nicole’s guide to bullshitting those papers you totally forgot you had due tomorrow morning.

  • Start by just listing out the various points you have for your argument, whatever that may be. Great those are your body paragraphs.
  • Write a topic sentence for each of those paragraphs (this is literally just a sentence that says what the paragraph is about, it doesn’t have to be fancy or eye catching)
  • List literally every single piece of evidence you have for each section under the topic sentences, not like a bullet point list, make them sentences. But like this includes quotes and all that jazz (quotes are your best friend, they can add so much length)
  • Go through and add in your own words between each piece of evidence. You’re basically just saying what each thing is saying and why it’s relevant. Then make sure to connect the dots and make sure the paragraphs are actually coherent. 
  • Go write your intro and conclusion. These are where you can add in fancy phrasing and shit to make yourself sound eloquent and charming. Then you literally just summarize the entire paper. (Protip: these can be really long if you’re really good at waxing on poetically about whatever you’re writing about)
  • If you still need any more length you can go through and add more random analysis between pieces of evidence. 
  • Also, block quotes can be your friend. Now, most professors will get mad if you use a block quote completely randomly but find yourself a really nice quote that is “absolutely necessary” to your argument that you can’t possible put into your own words (fudge this literally as much as you want). As long as it’s longer than like 3 or 4 lines you can put that shit in a block quote and thanks to formatting you have now used up a ton more space. 

Thank you, good luck, and goodnight

3 Tips from my English Teacher on Writing an Essay
  1. If you have no idea where to start analyzing or you have a bunch of ideas and no idea how to organize them, start with TONE. If you start with tone, you can shape the rest of your evidence in sub-categories of tone.
  2. Follow your evidence (quotes) with the phrase “in order to”. For example, The author uses ___ in order to ____. This will ensure that you are fully analyzing your evidence and going further than just plot summary.
  3. Your thesis should be a general idea that answers ALL parts of the prompt. Your topic sentences should be the sub-points within that thesis. Topic sentences should NOT be about specific characters.
    1. For example, if you were arguing that strawberries are better than blueberries, your thesis would be “strawberries are better than blueberries” and your topic sentences might be something like “strawberries are cheaper”, “strawberries taste better”, and “strawberries are more nutritious”. 

These might not apply to all types of essays, but I found these three tips really helpful!