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19 Mar 2017 — Serial Comma

 

How would you punctuate this clearly to prohibit the posting of pornographic selfies?

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Our school web-use policy strictly prohibits swearing, bullying, hacking, pirating, posting of pornographic images or essays belonging to someone other than the student.

Select each option and read the feedback. 

 

1.

Our school web-use policy strictly prohibits swearing, bullying, hacking, pirating, posting of pornographic images or essays belonging to someone other than the student.

2.

Our school web-use policy strictly prohibits swearing, bullying, hacking, pirating, posting of pornographic images, or essays belonging to someone other than the student.

3.

(And add a comma.)

Our school web-use policy strictly prohibits swearing, bullying, hacking, pirating, posting of pornographic images, or submitting essays belonging to someone other than the student.

GLOSSARY

Serial Comma —"Use commas in place of conjunctions to separate elements in a list of three or more items…" See Oxford Comma (original recommendation and other opinions on the matter.)

 

NEWS ARTICLES

Victor, Daniel. "Lack of Oxford Comma Could Cost Maine Company Millions in Overtime Dispute." NYTimes, 16 Mar. 2015. nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html. Accessed 18 Mar. 2017.

Volokh, Eugene. "‘A, B or C’ vs. ‘A, B, or C’ — the serial comma and the law."The Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2015.

washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/03/15/a-b-or-c-vs-a-b-or-c-the-serial-comma-and-the-law.  Accessed 18 Mar. 2017.

 

IMAGE

"UTC Library." By Library2010_028,  Flickr, 10 Sep. 2010. flickr.com/photos/luptonlibrary/5063379244. CC BY 2.0. Accessed on 18 Mar. 2017.