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Is the comma before 'and' still optional in a list of actions

Is the last comma in a list still optional when the listed items are actions rather than items? Omitting it looks odd to my eye in this situation, but I don't use Oxford commas and want to be ...
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Is the solution of the Maine Legislature to the Oxford Comma Case…clunky?

The Oxford Comma Case (Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, ME vs its drivers) has been settled for five million dollars. According to The New York Times The relatively small-scale dispute gained ...
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Oxford comma usage in title of referenced paper?

I am going to mention a system for which the name is an acronym (in this case, the "Listen, Attend and Spell" system, paper available from here) and the title contains commas. Is it incorrect/...
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Using “and” multiple times within a list

The sentence in question is: Today I went to the store, bought eggs, cheese, and milk, and bread. Is it ever proper to write the first and? Other cases I find use the and to connect one thing ...
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Serial comma causing ambiguity [duplicate]

EDIT: This question is not addressed by Oxford Comma Conventions, if I'm wrong, then please provide a link to a particular answer or comment that does address my question. (Such links appear in ...
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What punctuation should I use? [closed]

What punctuation should I use here? Hester needs to be more grateful and focus on: her baby, Pearl; and her sewing.
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Using 'and' in an incomplete list

For my CV, I want to list a selection of units I have done at university. This list is not a complete list of all my units. Do I therefore need to add an 'and' at the end of the list? What I mean is: ...
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What's the best way to solve this run on sentence (lots of “and”s)?

I have to change a description for something in our app, and I was given this sentence: Create, edit and delete camera assignments and camera and DVR settings. Now the lack of an Oxford comma is ...
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Is there an “Oxford semicolon”?

I must admit that I don't use semicolon lists very often. (In some instances, I probably should have.) I will also admit that I'm neither-here-nor-there with the use of an Oxford comma. Sometimes I ...
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The Oxford Comma and its relation to a list with only two entries. [closed]

The sentence is as follows: I work in disaster management and prevention, and international aid and development. 2 Questions: Can a list include just two entries as above? Can the Oxford comma be ...
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Small enumeration of some people deaths [closed]

Events are being recapped. First died James, then both the twins that the reader already knows, then dies John's sister, then a statue gets broken. I'm translating an heavy-built phrase from Italian, ...
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Does this sentence contain two independent clauses?

I am trying to determine how to write the following sentence correctly: "We all have goals we would like to accomplish and dreams we would like to fulfill." I am not sure if I should add a comma ...
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use of comma in a series [duplicate]

In a series of three items (e,g. "I have a big, a small and a medium sized dog."), do you include a comma after the second item in the series and before the conjunction (in this example after the word ...
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Is there a comma *after* a list with an Oxford comma?

Explanations of the Oxford comma often use examples that either consist of the list alone or a sentence that ends in a list, e.g.: red, white, and blue To my parents, Ayn Rand, and God. What is ...
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Should there be a comma in this sentence? [closed]

In the introduction to The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins there is the following sentence: "The correct word of the title to stress is 'gene' and let me explain why." I thought that since and ...
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Punctuation and Intonation in Enumerations Occurring in Mathematics

Here, John Lawler writes the following: Commas are not determined by grammar or by which words they follow. Comma indicates a particular intonation. If you would use that intonation in speaking the ...
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Is comma needed before 'and' in this sentence?

We use comma in lists. Apart from that, comma is needed before and when joining two independent clauses. For example: I want to write, and I have stamps. Here I am clearly joining two independent ...
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Using commas to connect independent clauses

I know that it is correct to connect independent clauses using a comma and a coordinating conjunction (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so) as in "He rides a bike, and she drives a car." But is it ...
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When “and” is used two different ways in a sentence . . .

I know it is not correct to put a comma before "and" if the subject is the same but I feel like I should do so if "and" appears earlier in the sentence like this: He was convicted of murder and human ...
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Is 'Oxford Comma' Capitalised?

I was taught in primary school that a common noun refers to a thing, idea, person, etc. whereas a proper noun refers to a specific thing, idea, person, etc. and that when referring to specifics and ...
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Quoting text that omits Oxford commas in a paper that includes Oxford commas

I'm writing a paper, and I quote several lists from a source that doesn't use Oxford commas. Sic seems way too strong for the situation, since there's no real error in the quotes, just a different ...
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The use of comma before 'and'

Here's a sentence that's quite confusing to me: You should provide a strategy that is based on the criteria specified in the document,and a formula calculating the return. What are the two parts ...
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Too many “ands” in one sentence create ambiguity

Cloning must be researched and funded, however, its human involvement must be limited to prevent a veritable onslaught of ethical and legal battles, and promote its potential health and societal ...
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Comma or not in “help people discover, and grow in, faith”

There is some difference in opinion whether or not the below sentence should have the commas as shown or not. Are there any rules that this would be based on? Do they make the sentence clearer? Any ...
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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 is ...
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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 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 don't ...
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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 crisis ...
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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 ...