Oxford comma and you: Know when to use it.

El-Jaro El-Jaro
The Oxford comma is used to separate different items in a list.

Which one of these sentences is correct?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
We met two strippers, JFK and Stalin
2  (3%)
We met two strippers, JFK, and Stalin
60  (97%)
Total votes: 62
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10/26/2012
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El-Jaro El-Jaro
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10/26/2012
Apirka Apirka
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Yeah yeah, I know the answer you're looking for. BUT I think I prefer the idea of the second option in the photo above. Haha
10/26/2012
Kindred Kindred
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Halloween costume ideas! Stalin the stripper would work much better than JFK.
10/26/2012
freshbananas freshbananas
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this is so funny
10/26/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
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I've seen this pic before and I love it. Not enough people know their Oxford commas!
10/26/2012
Jesyra Jesyra
Commas are probably the single most incorrectly used punctuation item. The semicolon is a close second though.

Let's eat Grandma!
Let's eat, Grandma!

And sadly, so many people see no difference between those sentences.
10/26/2012
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Jesyra
Commas are probably the single most incorrectly used punctuation item. The semicolon is a close second though.

Let's eat Grandma!
Let's eat, Grandma!

And sadly, so many people see no difference between those sentences.
I totally agree!

You'd think, with a site with so many anal toys, we'd see more correct use of the colon too...

...ok lame joke!
10/26/2012
travelnurse travelnurse
LOL!!
10/26/2012
tami tami
10/26/2012
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
The Oxford comma is used to separate different items in a list.

Which one of these sentences is correct?
I didn't learn about this until I started high school in US.
10/26/2012
mistre$$ mistre$$
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
I totally agree!

You'd think, with a site with so many anal toys, we'd see more correct use of the colon too...

...ok lame joke!
Ohh, grammar jokes...
10/26/2012
Gluesnffr Gluesnffr
ahah at the illustration
10/26/2012
SilverMinxxx SilverMinxxx
I love the illustration.
10/27/2012
Oxygen99 Oxygen99
It's a trick question. Both sentences are correct. The use to the serial comma is a grammar suggestion not a rule. Mostly it depends on the type of writing in question. There are even differences in it's usage between the various English dialects.
10/27/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
The Oxford comma is used to separate different items in a list.

Which one of these sentences is correct?
In the example you give you are correct, HOWEVER, if the items are equal in nature and do not denote numbers you are not required to separate the last listed item before the "and". The trick is to be consistent so that your reader knows that you are using the comma to replace the linking word.

Example: I like apples, peaches and bananas.
10/28/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
Haha, nice example.
10/29/2012
kitty1949 kitty1949
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
In the example you give you are correct, HOWEVER, if the items are equal in nature and do not denote numbers you are not required to separate the last listed item before the "and". The trick is to be consistent so that your reader knows ... More
Agreed! This is what I learned in journalism.
10/29/2012
Artishok Artishok
We met two strippers, JFK, and Stalin
10/29/2012
JennSenn JennSenn
That image is the best! And a great way to remember the rule!
10/29/2012
Nykatron Nykatron
lol
10/29/2012
Kenneth Fort Kenneth Fort
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
The Oxford comma is used to separate different items in a list.

Which one of these sentences is correct?
I don't think either of them has a very high truth value, lol.
11/05/2012
Zandrock Zandrock
actually both can be correct. Not using a comma between and at the last part of the sentence is correct in certain countries.
11/05/2012
Trysexual Trysexual
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Originally posted by Oxygen99
It's a trick question. Both sentences are correct. The use to the serial comma is a grammar suggestion not a rule. Mostly it depends on the type of writing in question. There are even differences in it's usage between the various English dialects.
This
11/07/2012
Gone (LD29) Gone (LD29)
There is a book I love called Eats, Shoots & Leaves. I highly recommend it.
11/07/2012
damnbul12 damnbul12
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
The Oxford comma is used to separate different items in a list.

Which one of these sentences is correct?
We met two strippers, JFK, and Stalin
11/07/2012
Kirill1171 Kirill1171
We met two strippers, JFK, and Stalin
11/11/2012
Robespierrethecat Robespierrethecat
love this!
11/15/2012
Gleb Gleb
We met two strippers, JFK, and Stalin
03/11/2013
evie.amor evie.amor
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Oh ya! Bowchicabownow

Would it be incorrect to write the second one:
"We invited the strippers; jfk and stalin." ??
03/15/2013
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