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Posted: 1/18/2015 5:30:21 PM EST
Serial/Oxford/Harvard comma, whatever you want to call it.

Which do you prefer?

a) I bought milk, bread, and eggs.

b) I bought milk, bread and eggs.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:31:22 PM EST
a
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:31:48 PM EST
I was taught A, but I will write it either way at times.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:32:24 PM EST
A is the way.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:32:58 PM EST
I'm a fan, supporter, and user.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:33:32 PM EST
Anyone not using Oxford Commas needs a kick to the balls, face, and ass.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:34:23 PM EST
I like the no comma rule but have switched to using the extra one.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:34:54 PM EST
I voted "B" because everyone else said "A" was correct.











Roy
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:35:03 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GrandfatherCoyote:
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Aye.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:35:09 PM EST
I do both.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:36:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GrandfatherCoyote:
Anyone not using Oxford Commas needs a kick to the balls, face, and ass.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:37:29 PM EST
A, b, etc.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:38:32 PM EST
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:39:40 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.
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He is right, ya know.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:40:12 PM EST
Oxford.
Queue up the picture of JFK/Stalin/strippers.
I use it because it reduces ambiguity, because I was taught, and mostly because when such a sentence is spoken, it sounds like there's an Oxford comma in there. Why not write it?

I left to run errands, pick up Josh, and drop off Cindy.
Read it: it's three separate things.

I left to run errands, pick up Josh and drop off Cindy.
Read it now: Josh and Cindy are errands.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:40:28 PM EST
It is a must.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:40:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By skink:


He is right, ya know.
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Originally Posted By skink:
Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.


He is right, ya know.


That's "He is right and you know."

Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:40:50 PM EST
I use them all the time, acknowledging the most people in the US don't. It was beaten into me in the 4th grade.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:42:26 PM EST
Definitely use it. Shouldn't be optional.

I would post the JFK/Stalin pic, but I'm on my phone.

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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:43:02 PM EST
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Originally Posted By AR167:
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It does not.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:43:45 PM EST
Those who didn't vote "A" are simply examples of the "dumbing-down" of America.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:44:01 PM EST
Originally Posted By GADeerHunter:
Serial/Oxford/Harvard comma, whatever you want to call it.

Which do you prefer?

a) I bought milk, bread, and eggs.

b) I bought milk, bread and eggs.
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Giving an acceptance speech:

a) I'd like to thank my parents, my pastor, and my dog.

b) I'd like to thank my parents, my pastor and my dog.

The confusion in (b) is the reason that (a) is the proper construct.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:45:26 PM EST
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:45:37 PM EST
Depends on sentence flow to be quite honest. Sometimes it's appropriate to use A, but sometimes B reads better.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 5:56:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By fla556guy:
Depends on sentence flow to be quite honest. Sometimes it's appropriate to use A, but sometimes, B reads better.
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Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:00:31 PM EST
Come on man, again? This was brought up a month or two ago ...
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:03:11 PM EST
I was taught B in elementary school. I honestly can't remember what I used when I was in college at your Alma mater. Probably A because I've always thought it is more correct.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:07:47 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 6:08:56 PM EST by whatarippa]
No comma precedes and, however, a comma generally precedes but.

edited
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Originally Posted By rfm05:
It does not.
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Originally Posted By rfm05:
Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.
It does not.

Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:09:28 PM EST
It is important.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:13:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By GrandfatherCoyote:
Anyone not using Oxford Commas needs a kick to the balls, face, and ass.
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Yes, quite true.


Savages.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:20:26 PM EST
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How about this?

We invited rinoceri and Washington and Lincoln.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:23:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By packinheavy:
I was taught A, but I will write it either way at times.
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Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.
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This.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:28:30 PM EST
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Originally Posted By rfm05:
It does not.
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Originally Posted By rfm05:
Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.
It does not.
I was taught b, 45 years ago.

You kids and your "New Math"


Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:30:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By primuspilum:
Originally Posted By AR167:
The 'and' takes the place of the comma, duh.


This.

That.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:31:39 PM EST
They suck testicles, rectum and schlong.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:33:41 PM EST
[Last Edit: 1/18/2015 6:33:57 PM EST by GADeerHunter]
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Originally Posted By RIP-Yataski:
Come on man, again? This was brought up a month or two ago ...
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Would you rather have a "dupe" comma thread or a Sig brace thread?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:35:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By PiccoloPlayer:
They suck testicles, rectum and schlong.
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I nicknamed my testicles tweedledee and tweedledum. How'd you come up with the nicknames for your testicles?
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:36:03 PM EST
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Punctuation is supposed to time your sentences for a reader, putting one before the conjunction causes a stumble. I do not use them.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:36:36 PM EST
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Originally Posted By PiccoloPlayer:
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Appropriate names for your testicles, I suppose.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:36:44 PM EST
A.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:37:49 PM EST
The Harvard comma is critical to preventing bad parties.



Kharn
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:38:22 PM EST
Originally Posted By GADeerHunter:

a) I bought milk, bread, and eggs.

b) I bought milk, bread and eggs.
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The first guy bought three items. The second guy bought two items with one of them being a thing called bread and eggs.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:41:04 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sykkone:
Oxford.
Queue up the picture of JFK/Stalin/strippers.
I use it because it reduces ambiguity, because I was taught, and mostly because when such a sentence is spoken, it sounds like there's an Oxford comma in there. Why not write it?

I left to run errands, pick up Josh, and drop off Cindy.
Read it: it's three separate things.

I left to run errands, pick up Josh and drop off Cindy.
Read it now: Josh and Cindy are errands.
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I am not an errand
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:42:15 PM EST
A

But mostly, it's about how it flows, man.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:42:49 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sykkone:

I nicknamed my testicles tweedledee and tweedledum. How'd you come up with the nicknames for your testicles?
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Originally Posted By Sykkone:
Originally Posted By PiccoloPlayer:
They suck testicles, rectum and schlong.

I nicknamed my testicles tweedledee and tweedledum. How'd you come up with the nicknames for your testicles?



Lolololololol
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:43:17 PM EST
I, prefer, the, William, Shatner, comma.
Link Posted: 1/18/2015 6:43:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Sedona:
Punctuation is supposed to time your sentences for a reader, putting one before the conjunction causes a stumble. I do not use them.
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Just like a period is a pause, a comma is a short pause.
Try it.

"We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin."
Notice the small pause at the only comma in that sentence? Kinda makes it sound like JFK and Stalin are the strippers?
Now try it this way:
"We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin."
Notice the additional pause ('stumble') which reinforces the intent of the sentence by separating JFK and Stalin from the 'strippers' modifier? It's the difference between this:
We invited the strippers. JFK and Stalin are the strippers.
and this:
We invited the strippers. We invited JFK. We invited Stalin.

But hey, do what you want. That's the beauty of language, and living in this country. You're entitled to be wrong.
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