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    Pelican is offline Registered User
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    PRAXIS I, what grammar school are they from?

    I've been looking at various study materials from the PRAXIS I test, which I'll be taking soon. I find, many questions seem to have multiple correct answers by my figuring, however, the practice tests have only 1 choice. Here is just 1 example, but they seem to be all over in the tests:

    I ate 1 slice of pizza, 2 bowls of pudding, and 1 carrot.
    I ate 1 slice of pizza, 2 bowls of pudding and 1 carrot.

    How do I know which answer is correct and which not? If you talk to different people, they'll all give different answers, and if you talk to enough people, eventually that makes all of the answers correct, right? There are all sorts of books published on "correct grammar", written by so-called authorities on the matter, but I find their contents are all different. Since English doesn't have any official regulating body, who is ETS to say which way is correct and which way is not?

    Whose grammar should I study in preparing for this test?

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    Since MLA, APA, the Chicago Manual, and Strunk and White all use the serial comma, I would think it is the correct form in the context of a PRAXIS exam.
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    The second without the comma is correct.
    “As a general rule, do not use the serial/Oxford comma: so write ‘a, b and c’ not ‘a, b, and c’. But when a comma would assist in the meaning of the sentence or helps to resolve ambiguity, it can be used – especially where one of the items in the list is already joined by ‘and’ [for example]: They had a choice between croissants, bacon and eggs, and muesli.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrandeX View Post
    The first with the comma is correct for Oxford style. Had you fully read the article you linked, you would see it is referring to the University of Oxford's PR Department's internal guide, not the Oxford University Press Style Guide. Of course it doesn't really matter anyway in the context of Pelican's question since Oxford style is rarely used in American education .

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    Personally, I always use "comma and".

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    If questions regarding the Oxford comma are on your mind, I suspect that you would do very well on the Praxis I exam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kizmet View Post

    That's ridiculous. Everyone knows it was the strippers, Teddy and Stalin.

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    From the article: "We'll have you know CNN adheres by AP Style, which does not include the mark."

    Back in high school (Canada) in the late 1950s, we were taught that the comma should always be skipped before "and." 20-odd years later I went to college. Some profs were putting it in - but none ever docked me for leaving it out.

    After all those years, I figured it was just one more indication that Miss Foster (my revered HS English teacher ) was infallible. As I saw it, she always spoke ex cathedra.

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    forget the Oxford comma, let's talk about the tilde

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    The most amusing popularized instance of a missing Oxford comma is a book dedication that contained "I'd like to thank my parents, Ayn Rand and God." (It's a shame that it's likely apocryphal, but like the saying goes, never let the truth interfere with a good story.)
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