Serial commas: yes or no

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Serial commas: yes or no

Post by Holly » January 11th, 2010, 4:41 am

Serial commas, yes or no?

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Post by Bryan Russell/Ink » January 11th, 2010, 7:55 am

Hey, it worked for Captain Kirk...
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Post by taylormillgirl » January 11th, 2010, 10:20 am

Is a serial comma the same as the Oxford comma? If so, that's a big yes for me.
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Post by polymath » January 11th, 2010, 11:58 am

Associated Press and Words Into Type style manuals have the serial comma as downstyle: A, B and/or C. Chicago's 15th edition and MLA's formal: A, B, and/or C. Chicago's 14th edition relaxed to the downstyle serial comma, but reverted to its original formal position for the 15th edition. I prefer Chicago's recommendation for the greater clarity it provides for longer serial elements, nested serials, and parallel serial elements incorporated after a primary series.

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Post by Kaitlyne » January 11th, 2010, 7:04 pm

I wanna say no, but I think I've got a couple of lines that would qualify in my current WIP. Maybe. I'm too lazy to go searching at the moment for the quote to find out. ;)


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Re: Serial commas: yes or no

Post by Kaitlyne » January 12th, 2010, 1:38 am

Found one. Pretty sure this counts. My answer hereby becomes a "yes." ;)
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Post by matildamcc » January 12th, 2010, 3:46 pm

Yes, always use series commas. It's the standard now.

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Post by jan » January 13th, 2010, 2:58 pm

just don't get me started on the en dash vs. em dash debate ;-j
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Post by RebeccaKnight » January 14th, 2010, 5:30 pm

Oh, thank goodness :). I always use serial commas, so I'm glad to be part of the Cool Crowd!
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Re: Serial commas: yes or no

Post by RachelBateman » January 14th, 2010, 6:20 pm

Yes! Always, always.

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Re: Serial commas: yes or no

Post by Pesimisticus » January 14th, 2010, 8:54 pm

A resounding YES!

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Re: Serial commas: yes or no

Post by charlotte49ers » January 14th, 2010, 9:27 pm

It's what we teach our third graders to do, so I hope it's right! :-P

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