Tutor profile: Taylor S.
What is an Oxford comma? Is it necessary?
This is a great one because it's a subject about which I am very passionate. An Oxford comma is used in a list of items greater than two and just before the final item. For example: Jane is going to the store, to get milk, and to the post office. The final comma in that list is your Oxford comma. Does this comma seem superfluous to you? Well, it definitely depends on the situation. Consider the difference in these two sentences: I'd like to thank my parents, Sam and Carol. I'd like to thank my parents, Sam, and Carol. The first sentence is clearly not a list and the speaker is referring to their own parents who are named Sam and Carol. In the second example, the speaker is referring to a list of people whom they would like to thank including their parents and two other people they know named Sam and Carol. Bottom line? Say "yes" to the Oxford comma.
Subject: US Government and Politics
Is the President responsible for fluctuating fuel prices?
Yes and no, but mostly no. The price you pay at the pump is based on many factors, but like all commodities, the main factor is supply and demand. When the demand increases but supply is limited due to forces like natural disasters or a slower-than-normal refining process, this drives costs up. The President does have some influence on long-term fuel prices in the form of pipeline expansion and embargoes, but the President simply lacks a mechinism for controlling fuel prices on a daily, monthly, or even annual basis.
How important is an "elevator pitch?"
An "elevator pitch" is a term used to describe a succinct and well-articulated description of your business or business idea. It's incredibly important because this is how you can impress your business and/or idea upon your listener and, more importantly, open the door for further conversation.
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