The short answer appears to be yes, with many opportunities for rebuttals and debates. The number one goal in writing is to prevent ambiguity. Does that mean the mother is asking the child to bring pineapple, strawberries and Windex-coated carrot sticks from the grocery bags? Double quotation marks have become single, commas that once would be thought of as mandatory are now omitted, points after abbreviations like Dr. This comma is no longer considered mandatory. What is the effect to a speed reader who needs visual cues like consistent punctuation to be able to continue to speed read? That does not mean eliminating punctuation, but it does mean not adding more punctuation than is strictly necessary to convey information. It was precisely this type of ambiguity that led to the Maine case.
The weather was fine, and the wickets in magnificent run getting order, as may be imaged from the fact that when, after three days of cricket, the match was drawn, there had been only three innings played for the 858 runs scored. The majn purpose of this rebuttal is simply, to receive constructive criticism in regards to my writing style, and not, to diminish yours. There is a tradition punctuation test given to British schoolchildren in the now dim and distant past. The Oxford comma is also known as the 'serial comma'. Check out our dissenting opinion,.
However, if you write something ambiguous, try to reword your sentence. It's not well written, is it? The only folks who leave it open to interpretation are the Associated Press. Just as language itself changes, so do punctuation habits. Examples of the Oxford Comma Let's consider another example. Children are not chastised if some necessary commas are omitted. Most of the fun of writing is using your words to tell a story.
So these are the two main purposes of punctuation. He was enthusiastically cheered by all on the ground. It's neat, and using Oxford commas in all lists necessarily means that unintentional meanings do not slip in and detract the reader. For example: I went there with three people: my friend, Keith; a clown with a drinking problem; and my pastor, who is neither the clown nor Keith. It is not a question of British vs. People who insist on not using it simply because the rule they learned told them it wasn't necessary are just plain wrong.
Gunpowder is not, of course, a chemical compound. If you are a careful writer, and everyone who writes should seek so to be, you will not use the mandatory Oxford comma. I vote for serial comma. You are effectively saying that the Oxford comma is a proper and safe default to ensure clarity over confusion. In fact, the passage is far more likely to be rendered thus: The Boxing Day audience assembled to witness Lord Harris's team play their first match in Victoria numbered 10,000 at least. Changes in style So punctuation has two purposes - to help the reader and to convey to the reader how to read what is written.
Used properly, commas make the meaning of sentences clear by grouping and separating words, phrases, and clauses. Correct: The three items, a book, a pen, and paper, were on the table. Another example would be: Make sure he doesn't eat any peanuts, bread, or carrot sticks. What message does the Oxford comma give? The comma with the and in this example is the Oxford Comma. Note I have tried to cram lots of commas and punctuation into this post and by internet standards it likely seems weighty. The new version has only 24 punctuation marks - and most likely the words themselves would have been different in 2005, and different in a way that means less punctuation was needed.
But always add a comma if it would avoid confusion. You should not put commas round a restrictive relative clause. The point of the comma is to reduce ambiguity in a series, the absence of which can lead to some amusing situations e. The punctuation, rhythm, and style of writing are the tools with which the reader can be carried along; swept up in your conversation; encouraged to pause for thought or encouraged to follow along rapidly as you drive home your point. Language is fluid and a style is mainly for consistency. Some years ago, I edited a few books for a publisher whose dictionary of choice was American Heritage, and its differences from Merriam Webster always came across that way to me. Secondly, more often than not, by not adding a serial comma, you create an appositive, positively.
According to Maine law, workers are entitled to 1. They want it to say what they think it says- and of course, they may be correct. Lawsuit The government not using an Oxford comma cost a company millions of dollars. This style needs less punctuation. Adding a comma after crackers makes it clear that cheese and crackers represents one dish. It would surely be better to recast it completely as: Frank I walked and talked.
What is the Oxford comma? Include the comma in parentheses because pin-striped, skinny, and mean-looking is a parenthetical expression, and the trailing comma matches the leading comma after man and before pin-striped. Well, again, the answer is no. But also to be practical if you use the Oxford comma every time, you run no risk or being misunderstood which it seems could happen relatively easily no matter how careful you were. I have come to realize over the past few years that ambiguity is the curse of our age. As a non-user of Oxford commas, my main concern is simply to write text in the way that I would say or wish it to be said aloud. We can now analyse it in more detail. Example: My estate goes to my husband, son, daughter-in-law, and nephew.
Is there any way you can say it so that the unintentional humorous ambiguity is removed? That's not to say that aesthetics has no other say in punctuation. Let's look at another example: Everyone stood up and cheered when the president, Jack and Jill entered the ballroom. His movies will be limited as a result. . Likewise, those who fail to understand the comma as a simple pause may well find their writing style more limited than necessary. The answer to that is a resounding yes.