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For nearly forty years, Julia Child, the eccentric "French Chef," shared her culinary expertise with viewers of her various Public Television series and readers of her numerous cookbooks. In her unique, trilling voice, she encourages Americans to occasionally disregard anything that might interfere with producing a wonderful meal. As a cooking expert, author, and television personality, Julia Child taught us not to be afraid of food or of cooking. She advises us not to let concerns about waistlines, schedules, or budgets compromise our gastronomic experience.

Which best identifies the coherency problems in this paragraph? Select all that apply.

shift in tense

shift in voice

missing transitions

illogical organization

shift in person

shift in number

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  • 1 month ago

    Shift in tense

    The paragraph switches back and forth between the past and present tense.

    For nearly forty years, Julia Child, the eccentric "French Chef," SHARED (PAST TENSE) her culinary expertise with viewers of her various Public Television series and readers of her numerous cookbooks.

    In her unique, trilling voice, she ENCOURAGES (PRESENT TENSE)  Americans to occasionally disregard anything that might interfere with producing a wonderful meal.

    As a cooking expert, author, and television personality, Julia Child TAUGHT (PAST TENSE) us not to be afraid of food or of cooking.

    She ADVISES (PRESENT TENSE) us not to let concerns about waistlines, schedules, or budgets compromise our gastronomic experience.

  • 1 month ago

    Shift in tense -- This applies because the first and third sentences are in past tense, while the second and fourth are in present tense, as if Child is still alive and active today (she died years ago.)

    Shift in voice -- This doesn't apply as far as I can tell. The sentences are all written in active voice.

    Missing transitions -- Not sure on this one. I feel with the other issues corrected, it would read well without additional transitions.

    Illogical organization -- This applies. Sentence two just doesn't fit. The first and third sentences mention her writing, her skill as a cook and her television show, while the second sentence only mentions the sound of her voice. The third sentence has a lot of redundant information, as the first sentence already mentioned what she's known for. Shift in person -- This applies because the first three sentences refer to her audience in third person and in the last two sentences the audience is now "us," as if the writer assumes that whoever is reading this passage is familiar with Child's work.Shift in number -- This doesn't apply as far as I can tell.

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