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I never saw a good reason for removing it either.
#31 - March 19, 2017, 12:21 PM

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I still go by Strunk's Rule 2
http://www.bartleby.com/141/strunk.html

To me the the conjunctive word is more properly eliminated (in keeping with Strunk's rule 17) than is the serial comma.
I learned, I thought, I wrote.
https://genius.com/William-strunk-jr-the-elements-of-style-rule-17-annotated
#32 - March 19, 2017, 12:35 PM

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I always use it because it's never incorrect and causes no confusion, but some might consider not using it to be incorrect. (Actually, I will leave it out in emails and less formal writing sometimes. But I'm aware of where it may cause confusion to do so. It's really about typing fluidity.) Oh yes, and I'm also over 40. I'm also a CE and following Chicago. No conflict with the style guide at all. It stays in work for publication. Please note there is a difference between grammatical correctness and being against style.
#33 - March 19, 2017, 09:29 PM
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I am a big fan of the Oxford comma and teach my students to use it.  I think there can be serious lapses in clarity when it isn't used.
#34 - March 19, 2017, 10:23 PM
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Going against the tide here. I like to omit the last comma. I think the sentence looks prettier. That being said, I'm never bothered by writing style/choices that differ from me.

Ree

PS I'm over 40.
#35 - March 20, 2017, 04:32 AM

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I am 44 and pro-Oxford comma.
#36 - March 20, 2017, 07:02 AM
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Thanks, everybody. The Oxford comma wins in a landslide. (By the way, it's also called the Harvard comma. I guess someone's nose was out of joint.)

Good for you, Ree, for being willing to go against the tide.
#37 - March 21, 2017, 02:24 PM
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#38 - March 21, 2017, 06:02 PM
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#39 - March 21, 2017, 07:19 PM
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That's great, Tori!
#40 - March 21, 2017, 09:57 PM
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#41 - March 22, 2017, 05:39 AM
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Einstein.

Over forty and I feel it is critical to listing items in a sentence.  To me, the Oxford Comma separates the last two items even with and in place, otherwise the "and" combines the last two words into one item- peanut butter and jelly, for example, are meant to be together, which I'm thankful for.   

Any thoughts on ending sentences with prepositions?  I'm all for it.
#42 - March 31, 2017, 07:25 AM

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Longhair, I'm fine with ending sentences with prepositions. The sentence my mom used to quote to me (said facetiously by somebody well-known, but I don't remember who) puts it in perspective--

"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
#43 - March 31, 2017, 09:07 AM

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Ending a sentence with a preposition is a perfectly natural part of the structure of modern English.
#44 - March 31, 2017, 09:28 AM

I'm for the Oxford Comma because I think it does make reading easier to understand. 

In Ending a sentence with a preposition only if it does make the sentence a better sentence for what intended.
#45 - March 31, 2017, 04:49 PM
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