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    #1

    ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Hi,

    - For dinner, we will have lots of food; namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, and cranberry sauce.

    Could you please tell me if 'and' before 'cranberry sauce' is necessary or not.

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Remove the comma after "namely". Remove the comma after "broccoli" (it's not grammatically incorrect but it's not necessary). You should not omit "and".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Many thanks for the answer. How about the semicolon before 'namely'? Shuold I put a comma instead?

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    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Remove the comma after "namely". Remove the comma after "broccoli" (it's not grammatically incorrect but it's not necessary). You should not omit "and".
    Many thanks for the answer. How about the semicolon before 'namely'? Should I put a comma instead?

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    #5

    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Quote Originally Posted by ademoglu View Post
    Many thanks for the answer. How about the semicolon before 'namely'? Should I put a comma instead?
    Yes, and also what about pumpkin pie?

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    #6

    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    I would change the semicolon to a colon, delete "namely" and the comma after it. I would leave the comma after broccoli and I would include the "and" before "cranberry sauce".

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    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would change the semicolon to a colon, delete "namely" and the comma after it. I would leave the comma after broccoli and I would include the "and" before "cranberry sauce".
    I agree with Mike but I thought it is wrong to have a comma before "and" as emsr said.

    not a teacher

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    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    Not wrong at all. It is called the Oxford comma or serial comma and is preferred by many.

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    #9

    Re: ...namely, chicken, potatoes, broccoli, (and) cranberry sauce

    I did not say it was wrong. I said specifically that that comma is "not grammatically incorrect".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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