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    Hi out there, as we all know, writing is one of the mian part of Grammar in any language but here i got a problem. Why do they use comma before and and at times no comma? for example,
    1-Pennies, Nickels, Dimes, and quarters.
    2-Is for you and me.
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    Default Re: why comma here?

    1 is a long list. 2 is not.

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    thanks but you still haven't understand my point. here it goes again: why are we using comma after "dimes" and and still having "and" infront of it and the last word come. e.g.
    1-pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.

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    Because it's a list.

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    Default Re: why comma here?

    Quote Originally Posted by eddy143 View Post
    ... why are we using comma after "dimes" and and still having "and" in front of it ... e.g.
    1-pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
    We generally, in British English at least, omit the comma before the 'and':

    I want some pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

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    Default Re: why comma here?

    1. When you only have two items in the list (e.g., "you and me"), you don't use a comma.
    2. When you have three or more items in a lits, the final comma before the "and" is optional. It's known as the serial comma or the Oxford comma.

    You can read more about it here:Serial comma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I love my serial commas and use them all the time. It is a matter of style, not one of grammar, whether you use them too. Just be consistent.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Hey Mr. BARD, want to say thanks for your answers and the link you directed to.
    I do appreciate all your hardwork.
    nice day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddy143 View Post
    Hey Mr. BARD,
    Her name is Barb_D.

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