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    Help needed!

    Hello, I am new to proofreading as I just thought my career path may soon need to take a different direction, and with having read deep into and researching (a lot) about what proofreading is and what proofreaders do, I have decided that this may possibly be the route I want to go down. Now I have been doing a few practice questions on various websites to test myself on a few things but came across one question I just could not think of an answer for. The question is 'Please construct a short item which could be taken 'the wrong way' if a comma or other punctuation was either put in/omitted. Any examples of help would be great, thanks in advance. Jordan Stevenson

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    Re: Help needed!

    One area in which omitting a comma can create confusion is the serial comma (Oxford comma). This is the comma that many use before the conjunction in a list of 3 items or longer.

    Example: I am going to the park with Jim, John, and Mary. The comma after John is the Oxford comma.

    Some style guides omit this comma.

    Example: I am going to the park with Jim, John and Mary. No confusion here. Both methods have the same meaning.

    But consider this:

    I would like to thank my parents, John, and Elizabeth.

    No confusion here -- three thank-yous.

    I would like to thank my parents, John and Elizabeth.

    Now the question is whether there are three thank-yous or one? Are John and Elizabeth the parents or two other people?

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    Re: Help needed!

    Thank you very much people. Mike, that parents example was more or less EXACTLY what I was after, thank you so much!

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    Re: Help needed!

    I am very glad. Good luck!

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