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the oxford comma...to use or not to use?

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post

 

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Question: Both ways are technically acceptable and from what I understand the current appropriate use is without. But it makes more sense, to me, to use it. Do you use the oxford comma?

Options:

no

yes

I don't get it

I never knew there was a such thing as the oxford comma


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Total Votes: 69

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Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Replies (11-20):
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM
Technically, in the second example, the way you're taking it would probably require a colon rather than a comma. But I still use the Oxford comma. I tend to use too many commas in general :)

I <3 punctuation!
AmaliaD
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM

i am a teacher and i use it.   :)   i teach little kids so i dont require it for my students - it is not in the standards for their grades.   

jellybeanjean
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Same. I like it better without. Looking at too many commas annoys me =P

Quoting CorpCityGrl:

I was taught not using the Oxford comma.


NowImAMom...
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I was taught without it, but started using it on my own. It makes more sense to me, but it led to red marks on my homework in high school!

mom2boys664
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM

I don't like a comma before my "and".

CorpCityGrl
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM


Whenever I see a comma before "and" in things like that, I think it looks weird.

Quoting jellybeanjean:

Same. I like it better without. Looking at too many commas annoys me =P

Quoting CorpCityGrl:

I was taught not using the Oxford comma.




Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

same here

Quoting ImNotKarl:

I was taught in elementary school not to use it, but then in high school to use it and was given examples of why it makes more sense to use it, and it clicked for me to start using it. I always get weird mental images when I see lists without it. 


mom2aspclboy
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I always use the oxford comma. Its use, or lack thereof, can totally change the meaning of a sentence, so if you don't want people to misunderstand what you are trying to convey, it's best to use it when necessary.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Quoting Anonymous:

Technically, in the second example, the way you're taking it would probably require a colon rather than a comma. But I still use the Oxford comma. I tend to use too many commas in general :)

I <3 punctuation!
I don't agree with that at all... "we invited the strippers: jfk and stalin"???
robyann
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM

I prefer to use it, to me it makes more sense. But I was taught it was not right, so I usually leave it out. Glad to know that it is acceptable to use it! I'll be using it now for sure, it always felt "wrong" to me to leave  it out!! 

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