Re: Comma, Comma, Comma (Should we or Shouldn't we)

Subject: Re: Comma, Comma, Comma (Should we or Shouldn't we)
From: Susan Gerhart <susang -at- CTIW -dot- CFER -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 8 May 1995 07:48:00 PDT

Josie - there are at least two major grammar errors in your reply. I'd do
some brushing up before I offer opinions in the future. If you can't find
the errors, LMK.
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From: TECHWR-L
To: Multiple recipients of list TECHWR-L
Subject: Re: Comma, Comma, Comma (Should we or Shouldn't we)
Date: Fri, May 5, 1995 6:24PM

On Tue, 2 May 1995, charles desaro wrote:

> Here's another one for the English Experts:

> 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.


> I'll post the results.

> Charles De Saro



Charles,

Both are correct; or rather, neither are incorrect! The comma before the
penultimate and last items in a list is optional in American
grammar. In Britain, the comma is ommitted.

josie



josie corbett Eeeyore was saying to himself,
z924832 -at- corn -dot- cso -dot- niu -dot- edu "This writing business. Pencils
and what-not. Over-rated if you
ask me. Silly stuff. Nothing in
it."


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