Re: Comma

Subject: Re: Comma
From: Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 10:41:43 -0600

On Sat, 6 May 1995, Nancy Demeter wrote:


> >Which sentence is correct, relative to the comma:
> >
> >The Tech Writer was bright, articulate, knowledgeable, and computer literate.
> or
> >The Tech Writer was bright, articulate, knowledgeable and computer literate.


> IMO the first example is the most correct. Here is the logic:

> 1. Mother bequeathed $1 million to Sarah, Joe, and Jane, to share equally.
> [Sarah, Joe, and Jane each get approx. 33.3%]

> 2. Mother bequeathed $1 million to Sarah, Joe and Jane, to share equally.
> [Sarah gets 50%; Joe and Jane each get 25%].

> The omission of a comma has rather costly consequences (for Joe and Jane).

I seem to be missing something. Why the comma after Jane? I would have
written this:

Mother bequesthed $1 million to Sarah, Joe, and Jane to share equally.

Opinions?

RoMay Sitze, rositze -at- nmsu -dot- edu


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