https://www.duolingo.com/GwenDragoness

Does Norwegian use the Oxford comma?

I have seen sentences in the course that omit the Oxford comma, so clearly it isn't required, but is it allowed?

For example: "frukost, lunsj og middag" is clearly okay, but is "frukost, lunsj, og middag"?

May 23, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/deguo

I'm not sure about Norwegian specifically, but I know it's very rare in most languages besides English.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

No, sadly.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Iorua

Comma is not used in enumerations like this. There are obviously exceptions, but they are best explained listing a number of other comma rules (I will leave that for another time).

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Snommelp

Commas seem to be where the Scandinavian languages disagree most... Swedish seems to not want to use them at all, while Danish puts them in places where even a comma-loving English speaker might find it excessive.

Sorry, that's tangential to your question, just something I've been thinking about.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ektoraskan

Danish simply uses the German system, methinks.

Swedish seems to not use them at all? Like, ever?

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Snommelp

Swedish uses them, but it seems like Swedish only uses them when there's absolutely no other choice; it's as if they consider commas an unpleasant thing to behold.

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson

I am a Swede and I consider commas a very pleasant thing to behold :). Except from the Oxford comma that is! I am really bad at comma rules though, so I just add one where I think it makes sense to breathe.

May 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/m.tastic

I love the Oxford comma :D

May 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Knoxienne

I always use it anyway, in any language. It feels weird if I don't.

May 23, 2015
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