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Jordan B.
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Writing
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Question:

Why does my teacher tell me to not use the word "because" at the beginning of a sentence? I see it all the time.

Jordan B.
Answer:

When using the word "because" at the beginning of a sentence, you have to be extremely careful about sentence structure. Although it is acceptable in the English language to use "because" at the beginning of a sentence, you're teacher may be concerned with his students knowledge of sentence structure. Wrong Ex. There was a boy named Jimmy who thought burritos were a delicious treat for dinner. Because he likes burritos, he wants burritos every night. In this situation the period between "dinner" and "because" really could have been a comma. Although adding a comma verses leaving the period would technically be considered proper english, it still doesn't sound correct. This is because the sentence structure wasn't arranged correctly. Correct Use: There was a boy named Jimmy who thought burritos were a delicious treat for dinner. Because of this, Jimmy wanted to eat tasty burritos every night. The Prepositional Phrase "Because of this", is being used to show the effect Jimmy's love for burritos has in his life. The sentence would be an okay sentence without the Prepositional Phrase, yet it helps support it. It isn't needed, but it helps the sentence not sound "choppy".

Culinary Arts
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Question:

I am on a diet due to allergies and am trying only eat vegan. But I want to be able to have a treat once awhile. What is a good substitute for butter and eggs?

Jordan B.
Answer:

Hello, It may take some time to learn how to substitute recipes by yourself, although there are many great books and resources available. That being said, I usually substitute butter with coconut oil or canola oil. You want to use much less then called for in the recipe though. For eggs there are many options, such as mixing applesauces and baking soda together, using old bananas, flax and water, etc. There are many options. My favorite is applesauce and baking soda. This has always worked out the best for me.

Management
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Question:

If a worker is questioning your judgement or trying to negotiate the job description (hours, time off requests, special treatment etc) , how would you approach the situation?

Jordan B.
Answer:

Listen with an open mind and calmly gather your thoughts. Then explain how the situation is going to be dealt with, because you are in charge. You want to focus on facts, and not become emotionally involved. You repeat any necessary details from the job description, and what they agreed to when signing up for the job. If you feel the need, you can explain your logic behind the decision and suggest a different approach in the future that may work out better for everyone.

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