Serial Comma

Lesson #139: Mini-Lesson Monday (Part 2): All About The Unmissable Conjunction ‘And’

👱‍♀️️ ‘I like books and dolls and friends and babies and bicycles and holidays …’ These were the words of a lovely 5-year-old girl called Lois I met several years ago. I still remember her excited face looking up at me as she shared some of her ‘favourite things’. I was reminded recently of Lois’ enthusiasm …

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Lesson #139: Mini-Lesson Monday (Part 1): All About The Unmissable Conjunction ‘And’

🌺 “It’s the Magic and— and Mrs. Sowerby’s buns and milk and things,” said Colin. – Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911). Before we dive into today’s lesson, I have a question for you: is the quotation above, taken straight from an English classic, grammatically correct? Whether you answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’, why do …

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Lesson #129: The Oxford Or Serial Comma (And When It Should Be Used)

Do you ever wonder, when you are writing a series of items, whether or not you are using commas in the correct manner? In the past, I also used to be unsure about this serial comma, also known as the ‘Oxford comma’ because of its widespread use by the Oxford University Press. Today I will …

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