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What is the Oxford comma and how to use it

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So this is “whatever strikes my fancy” Friday. And today it’s this:

Do you know what the Oxford comma is?

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I use it all the time but I had no idea that’s what it was called.

Here’s an example:

“The woman measured out the flour, the baking soda, and the sugar.”

The Oxford comma is the last comma in the above sentence.

Without it, it would like this:

“The woman measured out the flour, the baking soda and milk.”

Critics of the comma suggest that one could just re-write the sentence.

“The woman measured out the flour, the baking soda and finally the milk.”

In the above case one might think the baking soda and the milk were already mixed together.

Apparently there are many writers who don’t use it but I think it absolutely adds clarity.

Grammerly says:

Unless you’re writing for a particular publication or drafting an essay for school, whether or not you use the Oxford comma is generally up to you. However, omitting it can sometimes cause some strange misunderstandings.

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Anyway, you might want to consider this important comma in your future writings.

God bless and have a good day.

 

Unless you’re writing for a particular publication or drafting an essay for school, whether or not you use the Oxford comma is generally up to you. However, omitting it can sometimes cause some strange misunderstandings.