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Questions tagged [serial-comma]

In English punctuation, a serial comma or series comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma) is a comma placed immediately before the coordinating conjunction (usually and, or, or nor) in a series of three or more terms.

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Please, is a comma required after the word 'lists'?

I have written many poems, topped lists and helped other poets. Also, is a comma required after the word 'wells' here? I spent years trimming flowers, digging wells and doing dishes.
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Is it acceptable to state conditions one after the other separated by commas but not have “and” or “or” in the end?

I found a duplicate question here, but am asking my question since the nature of my sentence is a little different. The sentence: "You need to know your employees well. Who is unhappy at not ...
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using comma within the appositive

If you have a list of items separated by commas, can it be used as an appositive if you separate it from the rest of the sentence by yet another by comma? Here's an example: The factory produces ...
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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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Why does President Trump add a second comma in this sentence to Kim Jong Un?

In the President's letter to Kim Jong Un, I noticed a comma which confused me : I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters....
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Is Microsoft Word's usage of commas correct?

Now I was fairly certain that my comma usage is accurate, but Microsoft Word is second-guessing me, and I can't be certain whether it's correct or not. I have a sentence like this: Based on his ...
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Semicolon or comma in a long sentence with series?

I have been taught different things regarding when to use a semicolon or a comma to separate the items in a series in a long sentence. Take the sentence below: If you do not like what I have to say,...
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3 adjectives modifying nouns in a series

Is this a correct phrase? the three colorful secret palettes, paintbrushes, and paints Does this phrase mean that all three palettes, paintbrushes, and paint are colorful and secret. Because I ...
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Commas surrounding a name

I am currently working on an essay, and I have a question about a certain pair of commas. Consider the following sentence: One of my classmates, Simona Stoyanova, and I carried out independent ...
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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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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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Can linking verbs and action verbs be together as elements of the same list?

I am writing a sentence that contains a list of elements in it. Some of the elements are formed with linking verbs and some with action verbs. For example: Laura is a sexy lady, smells heavenly, ...
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How can I divide this sentence?

It also generally implies a particular view of reality of what man, society, and even the physical world like in the nature, behavior and relationship to one another. Could you divide this sentence ...
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Is the Oxford comma necessary in small, single-worded lists? [duplicate]

The main argument: which is advisable of the following two? A, B and C A, B, and C Oxford (or serial) comma is useful to avoid ambiguities in phrases that involve lists such as the example ...
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Description after comma belongs to?

Let consider below example: Varicella Zoster, the virus that causes chickenpox and shingles, a far more dangerous, harmful, and longer-lasting disease in older adults that impacts the nervous ...
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Comma in a series of two series?

I'm writing some documentation for code I'm writing and had a question regarding commas with a series of two series. You cannot add setting_A and setting_B, or setting_X and setting_Y in the same ...
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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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Do I need a comma after the “or”s? [closed]

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Semicolon in a series of items

I wrote a sentence as follows and my editor replaced the commas with semicolons. Generally, if a list has internal punctuation the semicolon is preferred to break up the elements, but what if the ...
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Why are there 2 commas when writing X, Y, and Z in a paragraph/sentence but only 1 when writing that in a title?

For example, "John liked bacon, eggs, and sausages" is correct but if I see an album or song title with that same pattern like "Money, Women & Cars" is correct. First, are the commas correct in ...
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Comma usage in serial list with isolated speech word thrown in

Consider the sentence: I like listening to hip hop, hard rock, and[,] ironically[,] classical music. What is the proper way to punctuate "ironically" in that sentence? I put [] around where I am ...
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Oxford comma before “or”?

Is the Oxford comma restricted to the use of "and"? Or can/should it be also applied in sentences with "or"? I would choose physics, mathematics or biology. I would choose physics, mathematics,...
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Serial Comma During Change of Articles

Does a change of articles "reset" the item count when it comes to serial commas? For instance, if using the serial comma, does the statement "I am the author of the book XYZ, a presenter and teacher," ...
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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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comma or parentheses?

I have another thorny little sentence: "The level is determined on the basis of the placement (community outpatient or STRP) and on the program’s assessment of the patient’s performance and risk." ...
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Comma between two compound list items (“A and B, C and D”)

In an ACT Sample test, the correct answer is "I share many of the same hopes and fears, dreams and disappointments." Needing a pause isn't a solid enough argument for the ACT. What rule are they ...
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Can the Oxford Comma be used with a list of adjectives of the same type?

I was wondering if a list of classifying adjectives of the same type could use the Oxford Comma. For example: social, political, and economic problems is it a correct expression? I was checking a ...