Please make up your minds!!
I've had several hubs edited by the pro bot (or human-bot) now, and I do wish they'd make up their minds!
Some of the hubs have had the Oxford comma removed; others have had it added!!
How are we supposed to know which way to go with this, if HP itself is so indecisive??
@ DzyMsLizzy, "Christy and Matt to the rescue . . .(sung with the tune, "Jim Dandy, To The Rescue,") and I hope that you are not too young to remember this ditty or else I am going to look pretty foolish.
@ Anyone, and yes, I am making a full-display of my ignorance, but will one of you please email me what an Oxford comma looks like?
Had to look up what the Oxford comma was. We don't use that in the Dutch language. When I write in English I let my Word (English USA) spelling and grammar control go over the text and it doesn't use the Oxford comma. Neither does the English (Great Britain) spelling control if I choose that one.
I've typically avoided it but some of the editors seem fond of it. Whateva. I agree that it would be nice to understand the reasoning.
Our editors use the Oxford Comma, but if we're only making minimal edits, we won't necessarily change the comma usage in an article (which may result in some articles having it and others not). But editors will not remove the Oxford Comma if the author has chosen to use it. If you have an example of an instance of the Oxford Comma being removed from an article by an editor, please feel free to post it here. It was likely in error.
HP editors favor an English grammar style over a journalism grammar style because most of them have an English grammar background.
It raises an important question over whether HP should be an English lit site or a journalism site.
Despite it's name, we don't use it in the UK either. However, it does make sense to me, so I am using it more frequently these days, depending on whom I'm writing for. Grammar Girl gives a good explanation: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/educat … rial-comma
The Grammarly editor uses this Oxford comma. I learned its usage through my Grammarly recently since one year. Otherwise, I was unaware of it. It is good to pause between each item when you are mentioning a list of items. So, I recommend it.
I primarily have a science background and it is amazing how little I care about Oxford commas. If a sentence reads OK, that is good enough for me.
On the other hand, grammar fiends have as much right to their peccadillos as anyone else.
May they continue to be fascinated...
An Oxford comma isn't the comma that separates items in a list. It's the one (or not) that appears after the last item and before 'and'.
With Oxford comma:
I cleaned the bathroom, the bedroom, the living room, and the kitchen.
I cleaned the bathroom, the bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.
That use is purely choice. However, consider these:
I love my parents, Bart Simpson and Miss Piggy.
I love my parents, Bart Simpson, and Miss Piggy.
Can you see the difference? It's quite an important one. And one that means the Oxford comma is a very useful thing
For those who can't see it... the first sentence says that the person writing loves two people. In the second it's clear they love four people.
Actually, the first example states that the person loves his parents, who happen to be Bart Simpson and Miss Piggy. I didn't know they got married! Kermit must be devastated!
Yes, I know this fact. It is placed before "and" or before "or". That is why I am fascinated by it.
Anyway, thanks for your elaboration as others can now become more clear if any having doubts. People can certainly confuse the names to be of their parents mentioned in that above line.
I would use a colon for the first example:
"I love my parents: Bart Simpson and Miss Piggy."
....but never use the Oxford comma before 'and'.
I don't know whether this is an acceptable use of the colon?
As far as I recall, when I used an Oxford comma before 'and' on a couple of occasions in hubs, it was removed by editors.
Yay! I'm so happy, about the Oxford comma! With a master's in English and maany years of teaching, participating in writers groups, and doing some editing, I ALWAYS espoused the Oxford comma. But since I've been writing for magazines and online, I've tried hard to leave it out, not always successfully. So now I'll feel more confident on HubpPages and use it where appropriate.
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