the Oxford or serial comma is an optional comma before the word 'and' at the end of a list, such as: "We sell books, videos, and magazines."

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Contract interpretation

To be eligible for holiday pay the employee must meet the following requirement: the employee must have worked the last scheduled day before, and the first scheduled day after a holiday except when ...
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Should there be a comma between 'you' and 'darling' here? [duplicate]

Should there be a comma after you in the following sentence? Here's to you darling.
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Comma with dates - oddity

I KNOW the rule is to put a comma after full dates, but in this case, it seems to be a bit much: "...the contract runs from July 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016, and should be amended as such. Because ...
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What commas rule is used here?

I have a question regarding how the rules of commas apply in a particular sentence. I cannot seem to work out what rules go with the following excerpt: The desert savanna of the Neolithic Period, ...
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Serial comma in a list of verbs [closed]

I'm writing a text according to APA standards. The rule regarding serial commas states "Use a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items." Does this also ...
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Commas, subject and verb

In my understanding, the use of a comma is needed when you are connecting two sentences, which both need there own subject and verb. With that said, in the sentence below: "The best mindset is to ...
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when wishing someone a happy birthday is a comma used before their name? [duplicate]

When wishing someone a happy birthday is a comma used before their name? Happy Birthday, John Happy Birthday John
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Comma before conjuctions in predicates containing two coordinate clauses

I know that a comma is necessary before a conjunction joining two independent clauses, like in the following examples: John is tall, and Mary is fast. The food is excellent, but the service ...
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Two pairs of items and three times and. How to put the comma?

I'm just proofreading my thesis a last time and I stumbled upon the following (I'm nonnative english speaker): To describe the flow of two fluids with saturations S and T and pressures P and Q, we ...
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Use of commas around 'though'

With regard to the use of commas around 'though', which of the following is correct or deemed more appropriate? 'It is interesting, though, as I've done a lot of work in...' 'It is interesting though, ...
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where should the comma be if the clause is not independent?

I have heard this about the comma before and. Generally speaking, you want to use a comma in sentences made of two independent clauses connected by one of the following seven coordinating ...
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Comma usage dilemma

What I want to say is that the church would be your hospital, the holy water would be your medicine, and the priest would be your doctor. But since "would be" seems too overused and redundant in the ...
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Comma before “where” – “produce cine [loops, where]/[loops where] changes observed.” – Identifying vs. Nonidentifying Clause? Essential clause?

Comma placement before “where” – “Gradual deformations of a tendon can produce cine [loops, where]/[loops where] changes in echo intensity can be observed.” – Identifying vs. Nonidentifying Clause? ...
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Comma or no comma before the word “and” [duplicate]

I'm curious about whether to use comma before "and". Some people told me that using comma to connect two different sentences and two different subjects. Please provide some examples to explain the ...
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Comma separating subordinating clauses

I'm a software developer and occasionally write user documentation and project proposals for my boss. I've been running into a punctuation problem recently that I've been unable to solve. I have a ...
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I don't like potatoes or ice-cream [closed]

I am struggling to find the correct grammar for a fairly simple sentence. "I don't like potatoes or ice-cream". This appears to be incorrect because it is a contraction of the two clauses "I ...
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Should there be a comma after 'and'?

This is a bit of a strange question because I know that there should never ever be a comma after 'and.' But what if there's a parenthetical statement/clause-thing right after it? Let me demonstrate. ...
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Comma before “and so”

I encountered the following two examples: Moreover, the proposed scheme is designed in an ID-based setting and so the necessity for certificates and some related problems are eliminated. Our ...
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Do I need a comma?

Note that I'm supposed to use Oxford comma. Now do I need a comma at the place of the question mark? When such change adversely affects the system, vulnerability increases[?] and a banking ...
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Usage of the Oxford Comma with “and”

I was told that this sentence is correct with the usage of a comma before and after the word and. I want to correct my grammar if I am in error. To claim a prize, send a Private Message to me ...
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“If this, and if that.” With or without Comma?

I’ll appreciate it if you wash the car, and if you take out the trash. Should I use a comma before and, or not?
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Comma in “still is, and will always remain”

Manchester United still is and will always remain a force despite these setbacks. Do I need a comma after is here? I personally don't think so but would like to be sure.
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Is a comma before a conjunction optional, or old? (not talking about lists) [duplicate]

I have been corrected several times recently for putting a comma before a conjunction in a sentence (splitting phrases, not items in a list). To each their own style guide, but my understanding was ...
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Is a comma followed by 'and' grammatically correct?

Is a comma followed by 'and' grammatically correct? For example: This Agreement, and any and all disputes directly or indirectly arising...
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Using a comma before “and” in a list [duplicate]

I am confused as to when commas are supposed to be used before the conjunction and. This question answers it but I am still a bit confused. For instance the following two sentences: I am ...
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When to use a comma before “and”

I often see people on the Internet using a comma before and in many cases (not adversative cases). Is it ok? In my language it is stricly prohibited to use a comma before an and except for adversative ...
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Why is there no comma before “and” before this independent clause?

This was at a moment when the magistrate, overcome with tiredness, had gone down into the garden of his house and, dark, bent beneath some implacable thought, like Tarquin cutting the heads off ...
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Usage of a comma before “and” in a fairly complex sentence

How would I punctuate the following sentence: Furious, John strove to catch Jim by the shirt so that he might throw him against the wall, but once more, Jim was too quick. Where I'm getting ...
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Comma before “and”

I read this sentence on an educational website: Now times have changed and you are ready for situations involving forces in two dimensions. Shouldn't there be a comma before and, since the ...
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Should I use a comma before “and” or “or”?

Is using a comma then an "and" or an "or" after it proper punctuation? Example: I fell over, and hurt my knee. Should I go, or not?
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Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?

Should I put a comma before last item in list? I would like crackers, cheese and some soda. I would like crackers, cheese, and some soda.