How To Use The Oxford Comma: A Visual [Pic]

Submitted by: meneado 6 years ago in Science

For those of you who suck at grammar.
There are 54 comments:
Male 1,647
nofatchicks: Good on the comma, but where`s your apostrophe?
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Female 18
actually, the correct form of the second sentence should be "we invited the strippers: jfk and stalin.
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Male 14,331
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Male 59
This is too stupid for me to bother posting a comment.
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Male 148
drat this poo
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Male 257
Lets eat, grandma!
or
Lets eat grandma!
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Male 194
@OldOllie

The MLA Handbook allows for the exclusion of an Oxford comma. But yes, the associated press does break too many rules of the English language in the name of simplicity.
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Male 361
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Male 3,645
James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.

That that is is that that is not is not is that it it is.
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Male 1,625
@Lawviz:

Uncle should also be capitalized as its his name, Uncle Jack. It`s the same as mister and Mister, one refers to the title while the former refers to a improper noun

@sabio

or that sentence could also be corrected with commas instead of capitalization:

I helped my uncle, Jack, off the horse.
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Male 452
I stopped using the Oxford comma because it seems the plebeians prefer their statements ambiguous.
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Male 3,310
Why would you have the comma after strippers if you were talking about the strippers jfk and stalin?
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Female 2,761
@Tiredofnicks- Me too
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Male 813
"Would the second one not be `The strippers: JFK & Stalin.` "

NO.
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Male 5,094
Strange, I`ve been taught in school that a comma never should precede an "and".
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Male 688
I have but one comma on my keyboard.

If you can`t read between the lines then I don`t want to be talking to you anyways.
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Male 11
I`m with whapitoot
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Male 429
With capitals, I can help my uncle Jack off the horse. Without capitals, I can help my uncle jack off the horse.
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Male 81
Would the second one not be "The strippers: JFK & Stalin."

The colon poos on your oxford comma!
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Female 606
that blew my mind.
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Female 1,356
worth it just to see the strippers, jfk and stalin.
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Male 174
In this case it`s acting as more than an oxford comma and is ambiguous. Clever though.
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Male 2,034
Who gives a f*ck about an Oxford Comma?


(somebody had to do the Vampire Weekend reference)
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Female 6,381
This is simply writing what we say, whatever you want to call it. It`s not complicated. Do you say "Red, white and blue flags," implying red ones and white and blue ones, or "Red, white, and blue flags," implying three colors? Listen to the language and you`d write it this way without even thinking.
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Male 2,841
I`m a total grammar nazi and this still took me a while to figure out.
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Male 25,416
not cool... im at work atm!
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Male 1,268
"This is elementary school English people"

This. Why in the world do these additional comma`s need their own name?
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Male 15
Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
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Male 69
@sarahofborg
Using a colon would also work, but the statement in the picture is still correct. One of the purposes of the oxford comma is to resolve ambiguity, which was what the picture was making a point of. In this example, you could also use a colon, but using an oxford comma is still very much accurate.
drat the English language and all its stupid rules.
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Male 15,832
Both forms are considered proper; however, the Oxford comma avoids just this sort of confusion. To my knowledge, though, the only authority that calls for not using the Oxford comma is the Associated Press Stylebook. Just one more reason to believe that journalists are idiots.
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Female 3,562
NOT TRUE
If you wanted to say "JFK and Stalin" in the second sense than you`d use a colon, not a regular comma.

"We invited the strippers: JFK and Stalin."
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Female 426
Intriguing.
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Male 2,790
good way of putting it
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Female 136
"thank you! i don`t get why people don`t think that you don`t need a comma before the final item of a list."

because that`s what they taught us in school.
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Male 194
I`m not sure people realize that the difference between "British English" and "American English" is purely academic. It`s all about that academic style guide you are using. There are minor differences in what is considered British and American (i.e. using a `u` in the word `colour`). In general (but not always) academic style guides that use American English tend to use the Oxford Comma. Academic guides that use British English don`t.

Elementary school English will depend on where your teacher got their education. If they came from a University that uses British English, you would`ve learned to not use a comma before `and`. Most Universities expect British English grammar rules (not always spelling though) while most US media uses American English.

It makes no difference in everyday use. However, those of us with English Language degrees will go into angry rants when you tell us that American and British English. Our pompous grammar helps ju
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Male 1,646
When you are listing anything it must always have a comma after every list until the `and`...
one, two, and three
This is elementary school English people; not America or British anything.
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Female 683
I always thought that you were supposed to use a comma before and, but I see books, articles, and lots of stiff without it all the time, so I came to believe that I was in the wrong.
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Male 633
@I-IS-BORED

*sigh* Of course I would make a grammatical error on a comment about grammatical errors... -.-
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Male 4,004
"drat that. Somebody teach the idiots of the world how to use a freaking apostrophe. "

The Apostrophe

Oatmeal Delivers
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Male 194
This is one of those instances where the difference between American and British English matters. In Canada (where we use British English) we tend not to use an Oxford comma. They teach in the schools to never use a comma before the final item in a list. We`re taught to change the form to avoid ambiguity. In this case, we would write "We invited JFK and Stalin who were strippers".

Regional and preferential grammar aside, this is a funny comic.
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Male 4,004
Pfft, like I`m going to take grammar lessons from something that writes JFK and Stalin all lowercase.
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Male 526
All of my teachers through high school always taught us to use it all the time, even though it was starting too fall out of use.
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Male 59
Interesting, I`ve known this, but I definitely remember being taught in school to NOT use a comma before "And". I also know that I constantly don`t use it when I write a lot at work, I`ll probably take note of it now though lol.
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Male 2,419
@lemmingboy15
I`m not sure that`s what you meant to say, go over your negatives again.
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Male 10,440
Curse you IAB! I make this mistake often.
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Male 65
drat that. Somebody teach the idiots of the world how to use a freaking apostrophe.
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Male 1,540
I`m not buying it.
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Male 768
Hmm, I automatically don`t use the Oxford comma because I feel like the sentence looks cleaner without it. I never noticed this comparison, though.... Lol, I suppose I`ll start using it even though I am pretty sure the sentence is correct with or without the Oxford comma.
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Male 633
thank you! i don`t get why people don`t think that you don`t need a comma before the final item of a list.
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Male 39,889

Nicely put.
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Male 75
/Cool English Lesson #2

"An apostrophe is the difference between a business that knows its poo, and a business that knows it`s poo"

/End of cool English lesson
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Male 2,528
I`m a big fan of the oxford comma.
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Female 1,008
I have always used the oxford comma. Fo sho.
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Male 151
Link: How To Use The Oxford Comma: A Visual [Pic] [Rate Link] - For those of you who suck at grammar.
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