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Do you use the Oxford comma?
 
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I need to send this to my editors! They rant and rave about serial commas. "They just aren't proper," I hear. I rather like them.
 
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Don't use it myself but don't really care one way or another. How can anybody waste the time and effort to care about this stuff?
 
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I use them. Never really gave much thought to why, though it's probably just what I was exposed to. I know the arguments for and against.

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I tend to use them in everyday writing, but try to avoid them at work as our house style guide tells us not to use them unless the meaning would be unclear otherwise.
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Only use a comma before ‘and’ in a list if the meaning would be unclear without it. For example: ‘The learners studied catering, key skills, and information and communication technology’ (where ‘information and communication technology’ is one item in the list).


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I think it ridiculous to impose a rule (always use, or never use) when the rule is unworkable in some circumstances.
 
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I tend to use them in everyday writing, but try to avoid them at work as our house style guide tells us not to use them unless the meaning would be unclear otherwise.
Me, too, arnie, for the same reason. Sometimes I forget, though, and love it when I get away with it. Razz Editors aren't perfect, after all.
 
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