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What structure is correct:

1) Voluntarily tutoring a group of struggling high-school students Chemistry and Biology

or

2) Voluntarily tutoring Chemistry and Biology a group of struggling high-school students.

I have a feeling that the first one is right, yet I'd like to hear you opinion.

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    Neither one is correct, because you tutor someone in a subject, but the first one is closer to being correct. – stangdon May 15 '17 at 11:14
  • Actually, I'd like to add that while I agree, "in Chemistry and Biology" is the most correct for the first one, the way it is written now is OK, too, in informal contexts. – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 10:08
  • And I'd probably say "Tutoring a group...as a volunteer" or "Volunteer-tutoring...." To me, saying "voluntarily tutoring" sounds a bit snooty (at best) and almost as if it could have been non-voluntary. But this may be a cultural thing. Perhaps there is a lot of compulsory tutoring where you live? Is this for a resume or an application of some sort? – Teacher KSHuang May 16 '17 at 10:15
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Your choices are

Voluntarily tutoring a group of struggling high-school students in Chemistry and Biology.

or

Voluntarily tutoring Chemistry and Biology to a group of struggling high-school students.

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Your questions raises two points. One point is the syntax of "teaching" and "tutoring." Another point is the need for a grammatical subject in a sentence.

The following sentences are all correct.

  • He was teaching biology.

  • He was tutoring biology.

  • He was teaching biology to a group of students.

  • He was tutoring a group of students in biology.

This sentence is wrong, but changing "tutoring" to "teaching" would fix it:

  • He was tutoring biology to a group of students.

Also wrong, for a mixture of reasons:

  • He was tutoring biology a group of students.

These are wrong because they do not have grammatical subjects. You could fix them by adding (to the front) words like "He was" (and making the "V" a lower-case v):

  • Voluntarily tutoring a group of students.

  • Voluntarily tutoring Chemistry and Biology.

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