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For this task, you will read an online discussion. A professor has posted a question about a topic, and some classmates have responded with their ideas.

Write a response that contributes to the discussion. You will have 10 minutes to write your response. It is important to use your own words in the response.

Typically, an effective essay will contain a minimum of 100 words.

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Your professor is teaching a class on Tourism. Write a post responding to the professor’s question.

In your response you should:
  • express and support your opinion
  • make a contribution to the discussion

An effective response will contain at least 100 words.


Prof. Martin

Today, we gather to discuss whether tourism, in its modern form, does more harm than good. While tourism may stimulate economic growth and cultural understanding, it also poses threats to the environment, local communities, and cultural authenticity. We must recognize the importance of responsible tourism practices, such as sustainable tourism, to mitigate negative impacts and maximize positive outcomes. Now, the purpose of today’s class is to know what you think about tourism – do you think tourism in the modern world does more harm than good? Why?


Marty

Yes, I think tourism in the modern world does cause harm. Let me elaborate with examples. There are a number of harmful effects of tourism which includes – environmental degradation, over-tourism, disruption of local communities, and erosion of cultural authenticity. While tourism can bring economic benefits, it must be accompanied by responsible practices to minimize its negative impacts and ensure long-term sustainability.


Mary

No, I do not believe that tourism in the modern world does more harm than good. While it is true that tourism can have negative impacts on the environment, local communities, and cultural authenticity, it also brings numerous benefits. For example, tourism stimulates economic growth by generating revenue and creating job opportunities. Not just that, but it also promotes cultural exchange, understanding, and appreciation among people from different backgrounds. When done thoughtfully and responsibly, tourism can be a powerful force for positive change.

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Several doubt about the accuracy of the memoir writting by the Chevalier de Seingalt are raised in the reading but the professor clarify the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

The professor explain that the Chevalier rich in assets, but poor in the cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for its assets to selling. Accordingly, to the professor, being low on cash fund is not same as being financially poors. However, in reading someone who borrowing large of amounts of money could not be wealth, therefore the Chevalier must have lied his wealthy life in Switzerland.

The skepticism regards the reliability of the recorded conversations with Voltaire is challenging by the professor as well. She explains that, due to habit of recording each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward, the Chevalier was able to recall those discussions in detail even after several years had passing.

Finally, the professor refute the idea briber was how the Chevalier got out of prison. She point out that because even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison it was very unlikely that bribery was how he escaped. Also, she notes the existences of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as strong evidence that his escaping from the prison was accurately recorded.
Several doubt doubts about the accuracy of the memoir writting written by the Chevalier de Seingalt are raised in the reading reading, but the professor clarify clarifies the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

The professor explain explains that the Chevalier was rich in assets, but poor in the cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for its his assets to selling. Accordingly, sell. According to the professor, being low on cash fund funds is not the same as being financially poors. poor. However, in reading the reading, someone who borrowing borrows large of amounts of money could not be wealth, wealthy, therefore the Chevalier must have lied about his wealthy life in Switzerland.

The skepticism regards regarding the reliability of the recorded conversations with Voltaire is challenging challenged by the professor as well. She explains that, due to the habit of recording each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward, the Chevalier was able to recall those discussions in detail even after several years had passing. passed.

Finally, the professor refute refutes the idea briber that bribery was how the Chevalier got out of prison. She point points out that because even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison prison, it was very unlikely that bribery was how he escaped. Also, she notes the existences existence of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as strong evidence that his escaping escape from the prison was accurately recorded.



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doubt
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doubts The correct form is 'doubts' because it is a plural noun in this context.

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writting
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written The correct past participle of 'write' is 'written'.

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reading
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reading, A comma is needed after 'reading' to separate the two independent clauses.

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clarify
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clarifies The third person singular form of the verb 'clarify' is 'clarifies'.

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explain
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explains The third person singular form of the verb 'explain' is 'explains'.

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was
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was The verb 'was' is needed to indicate the past tense.

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the
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The article 'the' is not needed before 'Chevalier'.

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its
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his The correct possessive pronoun is 'his' as it refers to 'Chevalier'.

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selling. Accordingly,
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sell. According The correct verb form is 'sell'. Also, 'According' should start a new sentence.

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fund
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funds The correct noun is 'funds'.

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the
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the The article 'the' is needed before 'Chevalier'.

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poors.
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poor. The correct adjective is 'poor'.

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reading
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the reading, The article 'the' is needed before 'reading' and a comma is needed after it.

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borrowing
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borrows The correct verb form is 'borrows'.

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of
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The preposition 'of' is not needed in this context.

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wealth,
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wealthy, The correct adjective is 'wealthy'.

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about
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about The preposition 'about' is needed before 'his wealthy life'.

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regards
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regarding The correct preposition is 'regarding'.

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challenging
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challenged The correct past participle of 'challenge' is 'challenged'.

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the
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the The article 'the' is needed before 'professor'.

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passing.
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passed. The correct past participle of 'pass' is 'passed'.

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refute
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refutes The third person singular form of the verb 'refute' is 'refutes'.

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briber
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that bribery The correct noun is 'bribery'.

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point
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points The third person singular form of the verb 'point' is 'points'.

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prison
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prison, A comma is needed after 'prison' to separate the two independent clauses.

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existences
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existence The correct noun is 'existence'.

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escaping
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escape The correct noun is 'escape'.

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accuracy
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veracity The professor challenges the veracity of the memoir written by the Chevalier de Seingalt.

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written
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penned The professor clarifies the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir that he penned.

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clarifies
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elucidates The professor elucidates the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

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seeming
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apparent The professor elucidates the apparent contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

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explains
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clarifies The professor clarifies that the Chevalier was rich in assets, but poor in cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for his assets to sell.

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rich
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wealthy The professor clarifies that the Chevalier was wealthy in assets, but poor in cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for his assets to sell.

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poor in cash,
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cash-poor, The professor clarifies that the Chevalier was wealthy in assets, but cash-poor, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for his assets to sell.

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lived
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resided The professor clarifies that the Chevalier resided in Switzerland while he had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for his assets to sell.

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sell.
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liquidate. The professor clarifies that the Chevalier had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for his assets to liquidate.

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funds
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The professor clarifies that the Chevalier had to occasionally borrow while waiting for his assets to liquidate.

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the same as
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synonymous with The professor explains that being low on cash funds is not synonymous with being financially poor.

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amounts
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sums In the reading, someone who borrows large sums of money could not be wealthy, therefore the Chevalier must have lied about his wealthy life in Switzerland.

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wealthy,
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affluent, In the reading, someone who borrows large sums of money could not be affluent, therefore the Chevalier must have lied about his affluent life in Switzerland.

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lied about
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misrepresented In the reading, someone who borrows large sums of money could not be affluent, therefore the Chevalier must have misrepresented his affluent life in Switzerland.

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challenged
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contested The professor contests the skepticism regarding the reliability of the recorded conversations with Voltaire.

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habit
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practice The professor explains that it was the Chevalier's practice to record each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward.

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recording
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documenting The professor explains that it was the Chevalier's practice to document each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward.

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passed.
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elapsed. The professor explains that even after several years had elapsed, the Chevalier was able to recall those discussions in detail.

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refutes
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disputes The professor disputes the idea that bribery was how the Chevalier got out of prison.

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idea
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notion The professor disputes the notion that bribery was how the Chevalier got out of prison.

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got out of
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secured his release from The professor disputes the notion that bribery was how the Chevalier secured his release from prison.

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points out
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highlights The professor highlights that even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison.

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because
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since The professor highlights that since even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison, it was very unlikely that bribery was how the Chevalier escaped.

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who had better
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with superior The professor highlights that even the other prisoners with superior resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison.

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very
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highly The professor highlights that even the other prisoners with superior resources were highly unlikely to successfully bribe their way out of prison.

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how he escaped. Also,
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his method of escape. Additionally, The professor disputes the notion that bribery was how the Chevalier secured his release from prison. Additionally, she notes the existence of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as compelling evidence that his escape from the prison was accurately recorded.

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notes
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cites The professor cites the existence of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as compelling evidence that his escape from the prison was accurately recorded.

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papers recording
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documents noting The professor cites the existence of documents noting repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as compelling evidence that his escape from the prison was accurately recorded.

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strong
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compelling The professor cites the existence of documents noting repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as compelling evidence that his escape from the prison was accurately recorded.

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recorded.
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documented. The professor cites the existence of documents noting repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as compelling evidence that his escape from the prison was accurately documented.
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Task Fulfillment   5/5

fully addresses the task/question and is fully developed

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Overall Organization   4/5

is fairly well-organized, though there may be minor lack of unity in paragraphs includes an introduction and conclusion

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Relevance & Quality of Supporting Ideas   3/5

may include a few ideas that are of minor relevance to the task/question has some good supporting ideas but may require more to fully support the writer's position

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Grammatical Usage   2/5

contains several noticeable problems with form and usage that interfere with meaning includes some variety of grammatical forms but still contains unnecessary repetition relies primarily on simple sentence forms (simple and

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Several doubt about the accuracy of the memoir writting by the Chevalier de Seingalt are raised in the reading but the professor clarify the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

The professor explain that the Chevalier rich in assets, but poor in the cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for its assets to selling. Accordingly, to the professor, being low on cash fund is not same as being financially poors. However, in reading someone who borrowing large of amounts of money could not be wealth, therefore the Chevalier must have lied his wealthy life in Switzerland.

The skepticism regards the reliability of the recorded conversations with Voltaire is challenging by the professor as well. She explains that, due to habit of recording each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward, the Chevalier was able to recall those discussions in detail even after several years had passing.

Finally, the professor refute the idea briber was how the Chevalier got out of prison. She point out that because even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison it was very unlikely that bribery was how he escaped. Also, she notes the existences of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as strong evidence that his escaping from the prison was accurately recorded.
Several doubt doubts about the accuracy of the memoir writting written by the Chevalier de Seingalt are raised in the reading reading, but the professor clarify clarifies the seeming contradictions in the Chevalier's accounts to defend the memoir.

The professor explain explains that the Chevalier was rich in assets, but poor in the cash, while he lived in Switzerland and had to occasionally borrow funds while waiting for its his assets to selling. Accordingly, sell. According to the professor, being low on cash fund funds is not the same as being financially poors. poor. However, in reading the reading, someone who borrowing borrows large of amounts of money could not be wealth, wealthy, therefore the Chevalier must have lied about his wealthy life in Switzerland.

The skepticism regards regarding the reliability of the recorded conversations with Voltaire is challenging challenged by the professor as well. She explains that, due to the habit of recording each conversation with Voltaire immediately afterward, the Chevalier was able to recall those discussions in detail even after several years had passing. passed.

Finally, the professor refute refutes the idea briber that bribery was how the Chevalier got out of prison. She point points out that because even the other prisoners who had better resources were unable to successfully bribe their way out of prison prison, it was very unlikely that bribery was how he escaped. Also, she notes the existences existence of government papers recording repair work done to the Chevalier's prison cell ceiling as strong evidence that his escaping escape from the prison was accurately recorded.



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doubt
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doubts The plural form 'doubts' is needed here because there are multiple uncertainties being discussed.

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writting
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written The correct past participle of 'write' is 'written'.

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reading
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reading, A comma is needed after 'reading' to separate the two independent clauses.

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clarify
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clarifies The third person singular form 'clarifies' is needed to agree with the singular subject 'professor'.

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explain
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explains The third person singular form 'explains' is needed to agree with the singular subject 'professor'.

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was
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was The verb 'was' is needed to form the past continuous tense.

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the
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The article 'the' is not needed before 'assets'.

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its
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his The possessive pronoun 'his' is needed to refer back to 'the Chevalier'.

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selling. Accordingly,
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sell. According The verb 'sell' is needed here, and 'According' should start a new sentence.

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fund
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funds The plural form 'funds' is needed here because it refers to money in general.

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the
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the The article 'the' is needed before 'Chevalier'.

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poors.
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poor. The correct adjective form is 'poor'.

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reading
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the reading, The article 'the' is needed before 'reading', and a comma is needed to separate the two independent clauses.

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borrowing
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borrows The present simple tense 'borrows' is needed to describe a general situation.

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of
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The preposition 'of' is not needed here.

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wealth,
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wealthy, The adjective 'wealthy' is needed to describe 'the Chevalier'.

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about
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about The preposition 'about' is needed to introduce the topic of the sentence.

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regards
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regarding The preposition 'regarding' is needed to introduce the topic of the sentence.

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challenging
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challenged The past participle 'challenged' is needed to form the passive voice.

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the
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the The article 'the' is needed before 'Chevalier'.

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passing.
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passed. The past participle 'passed' is needed to form the past perfect tense.

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refute
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refutes The third person singular form 'refutes' is needed to agree with the singular subject 'professor'.

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briber
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that bribery The noun 'bribery' is needed to refer to the act of giving bribes.

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point
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points The third person singular form 'points' is needed to agree with the singular subject 'she'.

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prison
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prison, A comma is needed after 'prison' to separate the two independent clauses.

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existences
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existence The singular form 'existence' is needed because it refers to one specific thing.

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escaping
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escape The noun 'escape' is needed to refer to the act of escaping.
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