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    The use of "and" as opposed to the comma

    She found it degrading and reductive and mercenary.
    Why are degrading, reductive and mercenary connected by "and"? Why not:

    She found it degrading, reductive and mercenary.
    Are both options correct?

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    Re: The use of "and" as opposed to the comma

    Yes, they are both correct.

    It's a stylistic choice.

    You'll also see 'She found it degrading, reductive, and mercenary.'

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    Re: The use of "and" as opposed to the comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Why are degrading, reductive and mercenary connected by "and"? Why not:



    Are both options correct?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello,


    (1) I believe that there is a third option used by some writers:

    "She found it degrading, reductive, and mercenary." (two commas)

    (2) As the teacher told us, it is stylistic (the use of commas or the

    actual conjunction "and").

    (3) Which choice do you think is stronger (and ruder)?

    Martha: I don't like you.

    James: Why?

    Martha: Because you are old, ugly, and poor./ Because you are old and

    ugly and poor.


    Sincerely,


    James

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    Re: The use of "and" as opposed to the comma

    Of course, if you say something like: "I need to go to the store to get bread and milk and eggs and meat and yogurt and ice cream and pretzels and lettuce and cheese and toilet paper" it doesn't sound very good. There is a reason why people use commas to make lists.

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