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    jc.analyst is offline Newbie
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    Default a serial comma

    It is regarding a serial comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma).

    I am following APA style which recommends using a comma between elements (including before and and or) in a series of three or more items.

    My query is this: In a single report, can i use this way only when there is ambiguity? OR Should I make it consistent and use this in all the places?

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    Default Re: a serial comma

    All things being equal, it makes sense to use it consistently throughout a single report. I'm not sure what kind of ambiguity you're referring to, but changing your comma usage within a single writing project seems more likely to create ambiguity than to alleviate it. The usage dictated by style guides is not generally treated on an "opt in/opt out" basis.
    Last edited by iannou; 21-Feb-2013 at 08:03. Reason: typo

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