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    Punctuation

    First sentence:
    We should provide housing for homeless people, improve the education system, save the environment, and finding cures fordiseases.
    Second sentence:
    supporters of the space program point to the scientific knowledgethat has been acquired about the Sun, the Moon, the planets, and even our own Earth as
    a result of space research.


    Why did we put a comma before "and" in the first and second sentence. I know that, if we mention some repeated things, the last one shouldn't be preceded by comma.And if we put a comma, it means that extra information will be added.
    thanks is advance

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    Re: Punctuation

    First sentence. The last part should be:

    and find cures for diseases.

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    Re: Punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by george lh View Post
    I know that, if we mention some repeated things, the last one shouldn't be preceded by comma.And if we put a comma, it means that extra information will be added.
    thanks is advance
    The rule you describe is applied by many newspaper and magazine publishers. Other publishers allow or even require the Oxford comma after the last item in a list.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Punctuation

    Say:

    Why do we put a comma before "and" in the first and second sentences?

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