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27 Nov 2016 — Musical Styles

 

How would you punctuate this list of musical styles?

 

 

 

 

Bob Dylan plays a guitar and sings into a microphone

Bob Dylan's musical genres include folk and rock and roll and rhythm and blues and country and gospel.

Select each option and read the feedback.

 

1.

Bob Dylan's musical genres include folk and rock and roll and rhythm and blues and country and gospel.

2.

Bob Dylan's musical genres include folk, rock, roll, rhythm, blues, country and gospel.

3.

Replace and with a comma after each musical style, except the last and

Bob Dylan's musical genres include folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country and gospel.

4.

Replace and with a comma after each musical style, but keep the last and and place a comma before it.

Bob Dylan's musical genres include folk, rock and roll, rhythm and blues, country, and gospel.

GLOSSARY

genre (N) — style, category (often used in the arts)

seriated list — a list of multiple items, a "comma series".

vertical list — bullet / bulleted list.

The Oxford Comma — is a comma placed before the final and (or)  in a list of items (The sandwiches are peanut butter and jelly, ham and cheese, and roast beef.)  See style manual opinions.

Also see  Comma Uses for an overview or summary.

 

IMAGE

Cabello, Alberto. "Bob Dylan." Flickr, 26 June 2010, https://www.flickr.com/photos/pixelillo/4937398975. Photographed at Azkena Rock Festival 2010. Cropped and resized. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.