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

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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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Posted by Anonymous on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:27 PM
Replies (21-30):
brandydesiree
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM
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I do not use it... This is why.

I like sailing, kayaking, and white-water rafting.

The rules of a comma and coordinating conjunctions is that a full sentence must start and follow the comma and coordinating conjunction. In the sentence, both sides of the comma are fragments.

This is a complete correct sentence.
I like sailing, kayaking and white-water rafting.
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louzannalady
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:39 PM

Lol!

Cmgmqmmom
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

I use the Oxford comma.

mickstinator
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

i have always been a supporter of the oxford comma! i saw that comic a while ago. it's hilarious!

.thatsme.
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM


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. 

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louzannalady
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I was always told to use the Oxford comma, but I never understand that rule, so I refuse to use it. Especially, in a list of three or more items. 

A_McCool
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:41 PM

I was taught to use it in English class and to avoid using it in Journalism class,

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:44 PM

read here

A comma is also correct when and is used to attach the last item of a serial list, although many writers (especially in newspapers) will omit that final comma:

  • Ulysses spent his summer studying basic math, writing, and reading comprehension.

When a coordinating conjunction is used to connect all the elements in a series, a comma is not used:

  • Presbyterians and Methodists and Baptists are the prevalent Protestant congregations in Oklahoma.
Quoting brandydesiree:

I do not use it... This is why.

I like sailing, kayaking, and white-water rafting.

The rules of a comma and coordinating conjunctions is that a full sentence must start and follow the comma and coordinating conjunction. In the sentence, both sides of the comma are fragments.

This is a complete correct sentence.
I like sailing, kayaking and white-water rafting.


teal.blaze
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:45 PM

It is actually taught to use it now. Ask any English major....I'm stealing that pic, btw!

DonnaNoble
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 2:46 PM
Same.


Quoting Josie_P:

I was taught using the Oxford comma.


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