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I agree with Kelly. While in most cases, the meaning is clear with or
without the last comma, it can be critical to clarity in others. So I
always use it.
Heli L. Roosild
helir -at- msmailhq -dot- netimage -dot- com
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Comma Usage
Date: Friday, May 05, 1995 1:46PM
<snip> However, I have a strong opinion on this matter. I much
prefer using the last comma because it avoids all confusion and I see
no reason *not* to put it in.
e.g., I had a hot dog, salad, pork, and beans.
I had a hot dog, salad, pork and beans.
Now what do they mean? Did they have a porkchop and some beans or
"pork and beans". There are many times I have been a little confused
when the last comma is omitted. This certainly isn't the only
I'm curious why many people omit the last comma!
burhennk -at- liebert -dot- com