View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/grammar-s-great-divide-the-oxford-comma-ted-ed If you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma -- perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum. Lesson by TED-Ed, animation by Zedem Media.
New video from Vampire Weekend for the single 'Oxford Comma' directed by Richard Ayoade.
Oxford commas are the world's most controversial punctuation mark — but where did they come from? Follow Phil Edwards and Vox Almanac on Facebook for more: https://www.facebook.com/philedwardsinc1/ Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO The Oxford comma is a grammar geek's obsession, and it turns out to have an unusual history behind it. The mark got its start thanks to the advocacy of Herbert Spencer, a scientist/philosopher/generalist who believed it was more efficient and clear. He also came up with the term survival of the fittest. This is how it happened... Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com to get up to speed on everything from Kurdistan to the Kim Kardashian app. Check out our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H Or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o
Highlights of The Oxford Commas on Sky's new show, "Sing: Ultimate A Cappella" (broadcast on 03/11/17). * Round (1): Stevie Wonder Medley of "I Wish" and "Superstition" * VT Clip introducing the group * Round (2): "The Scientist", Coldplay * Round (3): A medley of "Forget You", "Thinking Out Loud" and "Sorry", Cee-Lo Green/Ed Sheeran/Justin Bieber
When should you use an Oxford comma (also known as a serial comma)? Our video explains all. Read more on the Oxford comma: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2011/06/oxford-comma/ © Oxford University Press
The Oxford Commas' trademark funky Stevie Wonder medley, including 'I Wish', 'Superstition' and 'Isn't She Lovely'. Arranged by Oscar Hansen (Comma) Production: A Webb Street Studios Production www.webbstreetstudios.co.uk Directed by Ali Webb Edited by Kare Khoo Mastered by Tony McHugh
Learn how to use commas correctly in this English lesson. You can see the full lesson (which includes the text and a quiz) here: http://www.oxfordonlineenglish.com/video-lesson-how-to-use-commas Commas are difficult to use correctly in English - why is this? It's because commas do different jobs in the sentence. These different types of comma follow different rules. So, to use commas correctly in English, you need to understand the different types of comma and what they do. 1. The listing comma The listing comma is used to separate items on a list. For example: - "We need two cucumbers, four tomatoes, some onions and a lettuce." - "We spent our time relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea and drinking coffee in the seaside cafés." You can see that we use a comma between every item on the list, except for the last two; there isn't a comma before 'and'. In American English, there could also be a comma before 'and'. 2. The joining comma The joining comma is used to link two complete sentences, together with a linking word. For example: - "We were tired, and we really didn't feel like going anywhere." - "He seemed nice, but he just wasn't my type." We often use the joining comma with linking words such as 'but', 'and', 'or', 'although' and others. You can't use a joining comma with all linking words. For example, 'however' cannot be used with a comma. 3. The bracketing comma The bracketing comma is used to add extra information to a sentence. For example: - "This book, first published in 1956, is still useful for students today." — We add the extra phrase 'first published in 1956' between a pair of commas. - "One of my colleagues, who used to be a semi-professional footballer, invited me to play in their 5-a-side team this weekend." — We add the extra information 'who used to be a semi-professional footballer' in between a pair of commas. You'll learn more about how to use these different types of comma in the video lesson. You can also learn about common mistakes which English learners make with commas, so that you can avoid them.
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/comma-story-terisa-folaron It isn't easy holding complex sentences together (just ask a conjunction or a subordinate), but the clever little comma can help lighten the load. But how to tell when help is really needed? Terisa Folaron offers some tricks of the comma trade. Lesson by Terisa Folaron, animation by Brett Underhill.
The Oxford Commas perform a real crowd-pleasing medley of Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You", Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Justin Bieber's "Sorry", in the final round of "Sing: Ultimate A Cappella" (episode 5, broadcast on 03/11/17).