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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?

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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
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areles
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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the Oxford comma goes after JFK, not stalin.

Quoting Anonymous:

I just feel like there should be a third part to that sentence if you wanted to use a comma.

We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin, to our bachelor party.

Maybe not a colon, but the sentence feels incomplete with just a comma there.


Quoting Anonymous:

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"???



autodidact
by Snarknado on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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mem82
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

USE IT!!!

littlesippycup
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

I don't use it and would change the order of the sentence to make more sense. Probably not correct but I'm not writing papers for a grade either. 

We invited jfk, stalin and the stippers.

504bbymami
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM
That is not true. In order to make that second sentence true you would say:

We invited the strippers; JFK and Stalin.
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areles
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM
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gah!!  see, that just BUGS me.  i don't read it correctly.  i'm always waiting for what happens after the strippers - as in, when the comma isn't used, the first one looks wrong, and i'm waiting for an action after the final noun.  like:

we invited jfk and stalin, and the strippers blew them both.

Quoting littlesippycup:

I don't use it and would change the order of the sentence to make more sense. Probably not correct but I'm not writing papers for a grade either. 

We invited jfk, stalin and the stippers.



Ms.Pink.
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM
This, taught not to use it before "and"

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

I was taught that you don't use a comma before and.  So I guess I was taught pre-oxford.  My daughter uses the comma before and.

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motherslove82
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:23 PM
I haven't used it since a teacher told me I didn't have to. Lol
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areles
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM


um, that's so wrong that i don't even know what to make of it.

if that's the meaning you want, you'd use a colon there, not a semi-colon, and that is non-negotiable.  

further, you wouldn't even use a colon, necessarily; in this case, a comma would be more appropriate after strippers.


...haha, which i just realized is the point of the pro-oxford graphic.  lulzy.

Quoting 504bbymami:

That is not true. In order to make that second sentence true you would say:

We invited the strippers; JFK and Stalin.



B1Bomber
by Platinum Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

It's out of favor in journalistic writing because they do anything they can to save space, including leaving out punctuation that is not entirely necessary.

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