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Oxford comma with nonessential phrases

Yes. You are applying two distinct comma guidelines consistently: The commas around a nonessential element. (Purdue OWL has some examples.) Commas (including the serial comma) separating items in a ...
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Is there a comma *after* a list with an Oxford comma?

You have presented the start of a sentence in the form When [noun phrase] (,) came home ... and you're asking whether the comma I've placed in parentheses should be present when the noun phrase is a ...
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Is there an "Oxford semicolon"?

The Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition (2010) discusses serial semicolons in two places—at 6.19, within a section headed "Series and the Serial Comma": 6.19 Using semicolons instead ...
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Why does President Trump add a second comma in this sentence to Kim Jong Un?

The letter combines two independent clauses, the second of which begins with an adverb: Ultimately, it is only that dialogue that matters. The comma before the and is the standard comma before a ...
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Can I use a comma before an ampersand?

Ampersands with company names and abbreviations There is a famous retail shop in the UK called "Marks & Spencer" or simply "M&S" it is never separated by a comma, the ...
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Can I use a comma before an ampersand?

By way of supplementing Mari-Lou A's answer, I note that Chicago Manual of Style is by no means alone in asserting that there should be no comma before an ampersand when one appears before the last ...
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Is Microsoft Word's usage of commas correct?

Commas serve to spit sentences up, and tell the reader "you should parse this according to a wider context than you would without the comma". That is, "X Y, and Z" gives the impression that it's "(X Y)...
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Omitting a comma before "aka" and then using a serial comma in the end of a series

In your first example, "aka Big Nose" is a parenthetical insertion: the sentence functions perfectly well without that additional information. As such, it would normally be set off from its ...
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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?

First of all, what you have done is create a comma splice. In other words, you are using commas between independent clauses. Most of the time, this is considered to be an error (unless a coordinating ...
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using comma within the appositive

Yes, it's correct. However, some people could think it was confusing. Stylistically, you can always use different punctuation to indicate the appositive if the commas concern you: The factory ...
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Quoting text that omits Oxford commas in a paper that includes Oxford commas

This is what I tell my students in similar circumstances. If you quote, reproduce the author's text exactly. If the author's text not follow your punctuation conventions, the matter hangs over his ...
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Is there a proper/better way to write a serial comma separated list of dates? It feels like I shouldn't be mixing date commas with the serial commas

The commas that normally separate items in a list are customarily all replaced with semicolons if one or more of the list items is expressed with at least one comma within itself. See MLA’s page on ...
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Can linking verbs and action verbs be together as elements of the same list?

Though I believe this is grammatically correct, an easy fix for an example like this to improve the "sound" is to change the sentence to: Laura is a sexy lady who smells heavenly, dances salsa ...
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What punctuation should I use?

Because this is ambiguous in writing — albeit not in speech due to intonation: ?Hester needs to be more grateful and focus on her baby, Pearl, and her sewing. You should therefore resolve your ...
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What's the best way to solve this run on sentence (lots of "and"s)?

What you've written is correct. "Camera assignments, camera settings and DVR settings" are objects of "Create, edit and delete." You need the qualification on settings because you have both camera ...
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Is there an "Oxford semicolon"?

I'm not sure if it's a case of British vs American as University of Leicester give these examples, all with ; and : The speakers were: Dr Sally Meadows, Biology; Dr Fred Eliot, Animal Welfare; Ms ...
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Commas surrounding a name

The commas indicate an appositive: an elucidation: “James, the baker”, as opposed to an exonym. See also epergesis: Interposing an apposition, often in order to clarify what has just been stated. "I ...
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Should I put a comma before the last item in a list?

We use commas to separate items in a series or list. In British English, a comma is not usually used with and between the last two items unless these are long. I went to Spain, Italy, ...
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Usage of Oxford comma in particular case

The Oxford comma is an option. It is said to be helpful in situations where ambiguity is possible, e.g. I love my parents, Donald Trump and Deputy Dawg. An unworldly reader (or a Martian, or an AI) ...
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What do missing an Oxford comma and having it mean respectively here?

"The highlights of his waning administration include encounters with Rudy Giuliani, a healthcare disaster and a dildo collector." This sentence is meant to list certain "highlights"...
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Can I use a comma before an ampersand?

Whereas the ampersand is just a short denotation of the conjunction and, the obvious answer is to punctuate it as one would normally punctuate and. One interesting usage of the ampersand is to glue, ...
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Oxford comma with nonessential phrases

This isn't a situation that there are any prescribed rules for to my knowledge. You'll have to make a decision and apply it consistently. My opinion on the matter is that you should ignore the commas ...
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Is the solution of the Maine Legislature to the Oxford Comma Case.....clunky?

I suppose I'll weigh in as an attorney. My guess is that the Maine legislature wanted to be unambiguous without having to address the issue of Oxford commas. Clunky or not, they've solved the problem ...
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Serial comma causing ambiguity

It is just a question of the 'Oxford comma', and whether or not to add the last comma at the end of a list of items (before the 'and') is simply a matter of style. Reference: https://en.wikipedia....
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Is there an "Oxford semicolon"?

The use of a semi-colon in lists is quite common - when phrases are being listed, rather than words - and the 'Oxford comma' is applied : H.G.Wells The Time Machine 1895 : “Presently, as I went ...
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How can I divide this sentence?

No slashes, pretty much ever outside of mathematical and scientific applications, and some exceptions like the Bush/Cheney administration. Your commas aren't the problem; you're having some ESL issues....
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How can I divide this sentence?

You missed the verb are (probably that's the reason you couldn't understand this sentence): It also generally implies a particular view of reality, // of what man, society and even the ...
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Comma in a series of two series?

Reference : Commas with Lists Give correct comma usage as "I cleaned the house and garage, raked the lawn and/or took out the garbage". The items "setting_A and setting_B" and "setting_X and ...
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Does this sentence contain two independent clauses?

This sentence has only one independent clause, but it does contain two dependent clauses. Goals we would like to accomplish and dreams we would like to fulfill are two direct objects of the verb have....
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Using commas to connect independent clauses

Yes it is correct because the comma implies the conjunction. You actually don't even need the last comma at all, though sometimes it helps to clarify (most common example: let's eat, grandma vs let's ...
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