Re: Commas

Subject: Re: Commas
From: Stephen Victor <svictor -at- HOUSTON -dot- GEOQUEST -dot- SLB -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 10:01:33 -0500

Andrew F. Swartz wrote:
> Would you put commas in these sentences?
> First turn on the computer.
> Second go get a cup of coffee.
> Third eat some bagels.
> Then chat with co-workers.
> Finally take a break.
> I tried to find the info in Chicago Manual of Style, but got lost. Anyone
> have a clue what section this stuff is covered under?

I would use commas (I presume you mean after the first words). I would
also make the list parallel: "Fourth" instead of "Then" and "Fifth"
instead of "Finally." However, if this is supposed to be a procedure, I
would suggest numbered steps instead:

1. Turn on the computer.
2. Get a cup of coffee.

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