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Date: 09/25/11 03:55 PM

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

  1. Profile photo of meneado
    meneado Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm
    Link: How To Use The Oxford Comma: A Visual - For those of you who suck at grammar.
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    coffeekoneko Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm
    I have always used the oxford comma. Fo sho.
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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm
    I`m a big fan of the oxford comma.
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    Censorship Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm
    /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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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Nicely put.
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    lemmingboy15 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:13 pm
    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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    dude21862004 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm
    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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    Thetas Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:34 pm
    I`m not buying it.
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    osteenq Male 40-49
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    drat that. Somebody teach the idiots of the world how to use a freaking apostrophe.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:35 pm
    Curse you IAB! I make this mistake often.
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    I-IS-BORED Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    @lemmingboy15
    I`m not sure that`s what you meant to say, go over your negatives again.
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    jakillz2 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    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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    krisley Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    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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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm
    Pfft, like I`m going to take grammar lessons from something that writes JFK and Stalin all lowercase.
  15. Profile photo of Kilgore89
    Kilgore89 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    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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    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    "drat that. Somebody teach the idiots of the world how to use a freaking apostrophe. "

    The Apostrophe

    Oatmeal Delivers
  17. Profile photo of lemmingboy15
    lemmingboy15 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:10 pm
    @I-IS-BORED

    *sigh* Of course I would make a grammatical error on a comment about grammatical errors... -.-
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    rikakitty Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    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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    Subushie Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 5:20 pm
    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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    Kilgore89 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 6:48 pm
    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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    theferret Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 6:50 pm
    "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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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    September 25, 2011 at 6:53 pm
    good way of putting it
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    TheiaRenown Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    Intriguing.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm
    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."
  25. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    September 25, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    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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    LegosFTW Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 8:33 pm
    @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.
  27. Profile photo of sabio
    sabio Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 8:35 pm
    Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.
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    Scuzoid Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm
    "This is elementary school English people"

    This. Why in the world do these additional comma`s need their own name?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:18 pm
    not cool... im at work atm!
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm
    I`m a total grammar nazi and this still took me a while to figure out.
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    carmium Female 50-59
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    September 25, 2011 at 9:55 pm
    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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    msieg007 Male 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    Who gives a f*ck about an Oxford Comma?


    (somebody had to do the Vampire Weekend reference)
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    spultra13 Male 18-29
    174 posts
    September 25, 2011 at 10:39 pm
    In this case it`s acting as more than an oxford comma and is ambiguous. Clever though.
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    PringleMan Female 13-17
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    September 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm
    worth it just to see the strippers, jfk and stalin.
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    bianchi Female 18-29
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    September 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm
    that blew my mind.
  36. Profile photo of whapitoot
    whapitoot Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 12:12 am
    Would the second one not be "The strippers: JFK & Stalin."

    The colon poos on your oxford comma!
  37. Profile photo of Lawviz
    Lawviz Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 1:46 am
    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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    iinga Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 2:42 am
    I`m with whapitoot
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    Klamz Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 3:29 am
    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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    Tiredofnicks Male 30-39
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    September 26, 2011 at 5:02 am
    Strange, I`ve been taught in school that a comma never should precede an "and".
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    MechBFP Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 6:36 am
    "Would the second one not be `The strippers: JFK & Stalin.` "

    NO.
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 6:55 am
    @Tiredofnicks- Me too
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    September 26, 2011 at 7:54 am
    Why would you have the comma after strippers if you were talking about the strippers jfk and stalin?
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    Toider Male 18-29
    452 posts
    September 26, 2011 at 8:02 am
    I stopped using the Oxford comma because it seems the plebeians prefer their statements ambiguous.
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    darkmagic14n Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 8:23 am
    @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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    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 10:26 am
    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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    Orchideous Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 10:29 am
    ;
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    Kilgore89 Male 18-29
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    September 26, 2011 at 11:01 am
    @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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    nofatchicks Male 18-29
    257 posts
    September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am
    Lets eat, grandma!
    or
    Lets eat grandma!
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    Phantomz Male 13-17
    148 posts
    September 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm
    drat this poo
  51. Profile photo of scotimann
    scotimann Male 40-49
    59 posts
    September 26, 2011 at 10:26 pm
    This is too stupid for me to bother posting a comment.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    September 27, 2011 at 7:48 am
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    keyrow Female 18-29
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    September 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm
    actually, the correct form of the second sentence should be "we invited the strippers: jfk and stalin.
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    JaLacaob Male 18-29
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    September 27, 2011 at 7:03 pm
    nofatchicks: Good on the comma, but where`s your apostrophe?

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