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Settling a Debate

Can anyone help settle a debate as to whether or not this is a grammatically correct sentence and, in doing so, save our marriage?

My name is Emma, I'm a professional ballerina, and I'll be working in Moscow this summer.

Thanks!

Answers

  • DavidCrosbieDavidCrosbie ✭✭✭

    This isn't a grammar question, @grammar_ballerina. It's a punctuation question.

    It isn't wrong in principle to present three clauses as a list.
    The reason some people may object is that they don't think your trio is sufficiently list-like.

    There's an obvious connection between the first two clauses, so I don't think anybody would object to
    My name is Emma, and I'm a professional ballerina.
    Similarly, I don't think anybody would object to
    I'm a professional ballerina, and I'll be working in Moscow this summer.

    But the middle clause resembles the first and the last in different ways.

    More list-like trios might be acceptable to some who object to your sentence. For example:
    My name is Emma, I'm 25, and I'm a professional ballerina.
    I'm quitting the corps de ballet, I'm going freelance, and I'll be working in Moscow this summer.

    Some people also object to the so-called Oxford comma before the last item in a list.

  • There was a famous lawsuit about this a while ago. The court ruled that leaving out the Oxford comma completely change the meaning of the contract

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