Re: Items in a Series and Comma Use?

Subject: Re: Items in a Series and Comma Use?
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2006 08:21:55 -0800 (PST)

> If one catches the "Paddington to Slough" at the
> beginning of the sentence, then you know it's Langley,
> then Slough. But we don't

We have a train station onm the NJT North Jersey Coast line
( that is in common
to two sepate small towns. it was once one large town (Matawan), but
part of it split off (Aberdeen) and they wanted their town name in
the train station name. Granted...they hyphenated the name
(Aberdeen-Matawan), but they very well could have used an "and" in
place of the hyphen and many residents still call it "Aberdeen and

> want readers to have to decipher, remember, or guess,
> so I'd be more likely to write "Langley, and finally Slough".

That makes me think Slough could be the last stop on the line. it may
not be, just the end of a person's route. A single comma clears up
both situations.

John Posada
Senior Technical Writer

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