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Oxford comma
« on: January 19, 2022, 03:58:22 pm »
The XYZ controller interlock and the chamber interlock are invalidated.
MS Word wants to put a comma after the first "interlock". Is this a so-called Oxford comma?
If it's not used by a native speaker it's not idiomatic. And idiom trumps grammar every time. Jack Wilkerson

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Re: Oxford comma
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2022, 05:09:41 pm »
As I understand it, the Oxford comma comes after the last in a list of adjectives. For example: the old, grey, wooden, shed.

So... no!

https://www.grammarly.com/blog/what-is-the-oxford-comma-and-why-do-people-care-so-much-about-it/
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Re: Oxford comma
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2022, 08:27:30 am »
Then: do I need a comma after the first interlock?
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Re: Oxford comma
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2022, 09:46:56 am »
I would say no.
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Re: Oxford comma
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2022, 07:22:37 am »
Thanks
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Re: Oxford comma
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2022, 11:45:33 am »
Welcome  :)
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