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    #1

    comma instead of 'and' in a list

    Are these sentences both correct:

    1-He claims to probe into your repressed memories, into your dreams and nightmares, into your unconscious desires.
    2-He claims to probe into your repressed memories, into your dreams and nightmares and into your unconscious desires.

    3-He claims to probe into your repressed memories, into your unconscious desires.
    4-He claims to probe into your repressed memories and into your unconscious desires.

    I think '2' is better since the 'and' makes it clear that we are talking about three distinct things. But even in '1' it is clear that we are talking about three things.

    Again, I find '4' better than '3', but I am not sure '3' does not work.

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    Re: comma instead of 'and' in a list

    Your sentences are correct – with or without 'and'.

    It's a matter of style rather than grammar.

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