I make a living online as a writer, and I believe that writers have to use good judgement sometimes in punctuation, but I have conflicting editors that believe that commas should be used after the first word, after the second, and before "and." And others want the first word, and none after the second and use "And" to connect the list only. What do you think?
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WRite on! It is up to the discretion of the writer to designate the comma, only editors without information would dispute the writer's intent.
Well written. Reminds me of when sniper school taught us to shoot skeet first or shotgun shooting. Understanding the pattern of the shot with loads regarding leading the target as it flies along one learns - windage with wind and elevation too.
Hey Jan, thanks for your answer. I usually use the comma before and, it is standard in the UK. Now, some editors don't like it. Go figure!
Excellent answer, I also favor the oxford. Thanks for the great demonstration. It's like, " Becky went with her two sisters, Adam and Burt."
???? Much better, "two sisters, Adam, and Burt.
Thanks Backporchstories! Nice to meet you!
Thank you Alan, but which do you use? Deb
Discretion is the better part of valour. It applies to commas and full stops. You'll get the feel of it and apply your own style
...After you are semi-educated on grammar, just be consistent in whatever style you choose to write with.
Hey Tsmog, yes, it is the editors job to fix the book. But, not everyone will get an editor. Someone as lucky as John Grisham has an agent who happens to be an editor. How lucky was that? When you write for a magazine, you want it to be accepted.
i Agree eHealer. I think that was the point. I use a comma before 'and' with multiple examples. MS Word wants me to use a semi-colon. I checked with my college professor and he said MS word is wrong. My experiece has been it vaires by field.
LOL, sounds like you are a "normal" writer to me! I can relate!
Mostly a comma goes before and after the verb!
Oh, of course i follow what they want, I was just wondering what you, as a writer, thought about the most preferential use of commas in a list. Thanks! Deb
You didn't specify list in the question. For general writing I put a comma after every item, and before the 'and', the so called Oxford comma.