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Re: RFS: logapp

On Thu, 16 Aug 2007, Neil Williams wrote:
> Depending on context, yes. In a list where all items are the same
> level, a comma before 'and' is poor grammar, albeit not necessarily
> 'wrong':

This is actually rather debatable. In most cases where it doesn't
matter, the comma is optional. However, if you absolutely must ensure
that oranges and lemons are considered separately instead of part of
the same group, you should use a comma.

In your final example, deleting vegetables (which should generally be
allowed) yields:

 My bag contains juicy apples, pears and oranges.

or in a case where it actually matters:

 My money is to be equally split between Jack, John, Jill and Bob.

Is that split four ways or three? The comma makes it clear.

[The degree of wrongness of either use or non-use of the comma
following the penultimate item in a list of three or more depends on
which camp you belong to; FWICT modern usage is tending towards using

Don Armstrong

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