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As a writer, do you use commas, here, and there. Or do you use commas, here and not there?


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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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    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.

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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    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.


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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    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!

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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    Thank you Alan, but which do you use? Deb


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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    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.


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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    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


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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    Thanks Backporchstories! Nice to meet you!

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    Deborah (eHealer) 4 years ago

    LOL, sounds like you are a "normal" writer to me! I can relate!

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    Patty F (pflorence2013) 4 years ago

    Mostly a comma goes before and after the verb!