Monthly Archives: February 2015

Making Paragraphs

Many students want to write essays. But some of them don’t know how to arrange their sentences correctly. This makes their work hard to understand and low-scoring on tests. I’ll show you how to make paragraphs correctly.

Some students start their sentences on every line.

This is hard to do.

It looks like a list, not like an essay or story.

I am sad when I read it.

You should feel sad when you read it too.

To correct this, we must group the sentences together like this:

Some students start their sentences on every line. This is hard to do. It looks like a list, not like an essay or story. I am sad when I read it. You should feel sad when you read it too.

Traditionally, we will indent the first line as well. You can do this using the “tab” key on your keyboard. It will look like this:

Some students start their sentences on every line. This is hard to do. It looks like a list, not like an essay or story. I am sad when I read it. You should feel sad when you read it too.

There. Now you’ve got it. Happy writing!

Personal Business

It is time for a useful, though perhaps not academically-focused, post today. I am talking about the washroom.

In Canada, we don’t like to talk about the “toilet,” unless we are talking about the purchase, maintenance, or installation of one. The word sounds like an appliance, similar in use to “chair,” “table,” or “stove.”

“Washroom,” ” bathroom,” and “restroom” all talk about the space where a toilet, sink and the like are located. Restroom sounds like a public place – a boss might ask a worker to clean the restroom, for example, but it would be strange to use this word in your house. Bathroom is a better word for your house, but washroom wouldn’t be wrong in that case.

Other countries might say “WC,” which stands for “water closet.” WC is the more common expression, but we rarely see this in Canada.

As a cultural note, teachers of children will always require students to ask permission to go to the washroom. Teachers of adults may or may not require this. If the class is very large, this is less likely than if the class is small.