Um, yeah

Feb. 5th, 2002 06:17 pm
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I don't think I really needed to take either one of these to know the result, but anyway...

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The Grammar Test
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What the shit is wrong with "I like books, movies, and cooking?" The second comma?

I always thought that was sort of a matter of personal preference. Maybe not. Oh well, grammatical rules are made to be broken, once you learn them, anyway. I broke more than a few of them in the previous two sentences.

The second comma...

Date: 2002-02-05 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] espvivisection.livejournal.com
It is a matter of perference. apparently your test creator prefers it the other way.

Date: 2002-02-05 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] disblfsuspender.livejournal.com
Ah, thanks. I thought so. *checks for corroboration*

The Merriam Webster Style Guide for Writers and Editors says:

"When the last two items in a series are joined by a conjunction, the final comma is often omitted, especially where this would not result in ambiguity. In individual publications, the final comma is usually consistently used, consistently omitted, or used only where a given sentence would otherwise be ambiguous or hard to read."

So... yep. I wonder if I should email that to the test-maker? Ok, that'd probably be just a bit too geeky. But I'm tempted. I mean, if you're going to claim to be an arbiter of grammar, you should probably make sure you know it yourself first, right?

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