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    Dear teachers,

    I've got a punctuation problem here. Please advise, thanks!

    Amanda rushed down the stairs, tore open the envelope, (Do I need a comma before "and"?) and found an invitation.

    Many thanks in advance, teachers! ^o^

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    It's optional- you can put it in or leave it out.

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    Default Re: Sorry for wanting help again, teachers! Thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by Helped Wanted
    Dear teachers,

    I've got a punctuation problem here. Please advise, thanks!

    Amanda rushed down the stairs, tore open the envelope, (Do I need a comma before "and"?) and found an invitation.

    Many thanks in advance, teachers! ^o^
    This issue is heavily debated in circles in which such things are debated at all.

    In my opinion, the penultimate (next to last) item in a series should always be followed by a comma (before the conjunction). This will eliminate confusion in some lists (but not this one). :D

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    I tend to use a comma before 'and' with lists: called the Oxford comma in BE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I tend to use a comma before 'and' with lists: called the Oxford comma in BE.
    I'll remember that.

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