The extra Comma (was; christmas book wishes)

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Mon Dec 29 17:31:44 EST 2003


On Monday, December 29, 2003, at 03:15 PM, JOdel at aol.com wrote:

> The angle my sources take is that the ommission of that comma before 
> the
> 'and' can get you into a mess if you expect your intentions to be 
> upheld in court.
> But then I work in Civil Service.
>
> I have noticed that the extra comma does seem to be making a comeback. 
> It was
> banned throughlut most of the time I was in school. Which always hit 
> my ear
> with a clank, since in spoken language there generally *is* a pause 
> before the
> 'and'.

When I was in grammar school in the USofA in the 50s, that comma was
required.  I still use it, although I don't require it from others.

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