Jun 2, 2013 at 6:23pm UTC
Do you use it? Why, or why not?
And to prevent this from devolving into a bunch of stupid images pointing out funny situations that result from using or not using it, I will include them all:
Keep it classy.
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Jun 2, 2013 at 6:24pm UTC
Jun 2, 2013 at 7:12pm UTC
I was under the impression that the Oxford comma was part of standard usage in the USA. Is this not the case?
I only use it when things would otherwise get confused, e.g.: "The foo is available in red, white, and red and black."
Why? It's what I was taught at school (in the UK) and am therefore familiar with. I think some UK school districts follow Oxford, and other's don't, but I'm not sure what the split is.
I did spend a year at an American school as a kid, and I remember being confused about the extra comma. But nowadays I'm used to it.
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Jun 2, 2013 at 8:08pm UTC
Jun 2, 2013 at 7:16pm UTC
If it makes sense to use it, I do; if it doesn't, I don't.
Jun 2, 2013 at 8:04pm UTC
Depends on the case. If it makes more sense with, I will. If not, I won't. And there are cases where it doesn't make that much sense.
Jun 2, 2013 at 10:32pm UTC
I always use it because I like it, even though I was taught against it in school. Those times when I had to write something of consequence (books and scientific articles), I had editors to change it if that contradicted their MOS.
Jun 3, 2013 at 12:49am UTC
I thought that was part of the English Language. I still use it.