Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Grammar: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Part 7 - Missing Comma in a Series)

Whenever you list things, use a comma. You'll find a difference of opinion as to whether the next-to-last noun (the noun before the "and") requires a comma. ("Apples, oranges, pears, and bananas...") I suggest using the comma because sometimes your list will include pairs of things: "books and tapes, CDs and DVDs, and magazines." If you are in the habit of using a comma before the "and," you'll avoid confusion in sentences like this one.

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