Tutor profile: Joel G.
Please explain when you should use a comma prior to a conjunction.
A comma should be used before a conjunction when an independent clause follows the conjunction. An independent phrase is one which could function as a complete, grammatically-correct sentence by itself.
Subject: US Government and Politics
Is the Administrative State one of the three branches of government?
It is not. The Administrative State is a common term used to refer to the variety of federal or state agencies which create rules and regulations and enforce the law. It is a part of the executive branch, but does not constitute a branch of government on its own. It's power is derived from statute rather than constitutionally mandated or outlined.
Subject: US History
What was the cause(s) of the American Civil War?
The cause of the American Civil War is contentious and controversial. The most proximate cause was the Confederate States' desire to protect the institution of slavery from anti-slavery forces in the Northern States. More broadly, the North and South had different conceptions of the role of the federal government and had grown apart culturally since independence. The clearest example of this difference was also slavery but also extended to trade, tariffs, and westward expansion among other issues.