ACT English 1.2 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 1, Problem 2. How should we format this list?
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If we're making a list of three or more things, we want to separate them with a comma
between each item. But now let's talk about the Oxford comma.
Like a normal comma, but more educated and snootier.
Say you're writing a list. You go to the store to buy a drill, an arc
welder, a hot glue gun, and peaches.
That list can work with or without a comma between the second-to-last item and
the conjunction, which will most often be or... or and.
That comma is called the Oxford comma, and it can be left in or ditched, totally up to you.
Both ways are acceptable. Let's go through the answers one by one, shall we?
A says we should just leave it as is. But, there's no comma in
between red and brown. The first two items in a list will always
have a comma in between them.
B is an easy one to cross out, because there aren't any commas at all.
In a list we always need to separate the different parts.
D can't be right either, because it doesn't use a coordinating conjunction to put together
the last two words. And... the only one left is C.
What do you know... the good old Oxford comma is there, along with a coordinating conjunction
and a comma between red and brown. Well done, old chap.