Editing Basics

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Quick Lessons

person copywriting on paper

Heard of the Oxford or serial comma?

It’s the comma that goes after the last item in a series.

E.g. “Marketing, PR and communications” (without Oxford comma) vs. “Marketing, PR, and communications” (with Oxford comma).

Opinions are divided about the Oxford comma, so pick one of these four usages to keep your copywriting consistent.

  1. Ban it.
  2. Use it – always.
  3. Only use it when required for clarity.
  4. Use it for items with more than two words or when required for clarity (our personal favourite).

There isn’t a ‘wrong’ option.

The important thing is that you’re consistent – and that your choice makes your writing clearer.