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    Comma before 'and'

    Hi,

    Is a comma needed in front of "and 'big sister'"?

    Your teacher, friend, and 'big sister'?
    Sarah

    ['Big sister' is used in a non-literal sense.]

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Nutty View Post
    Hi,

    Is a comma needed in front of "and 'big sister'"?

    Your teacher, friend, and 'big sister'?
    Sarah

    ['Big sister' is used in a non-literal sense.]

    Thanks,
    Mr. Nutty
    No it isn't necessary; but you can use it if you want.

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    Why would you want to?

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Why would you want to?
    Maybe because you're following OUP's house style; it's sometimes called 'the Oxford comma'. - Serial comma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Maybe because you're following OUP's house style; it's sometimes called 'the Oxford comma'. - Serial comma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    I was making the point that it was not incorrect to put a comma there, because many people do.
    I should have been less lazy, and given the second reason - the 'avoiding ambiguity' as in, "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God", but I couldn't think up an example at the time.
    So the real answer is that it's not necessary in Mister Nutty's case, but occasionally it is.

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I was making the point that it was not incorrect to put a comma there, because many people do.
    I should have been less lazy, and given the second reason - the 'avoiding ambiguity' as in, "To my parents, Ayn Rand and God", but I couldn't think up an example at the time.
    So the real answer is that it's not necessary in Mister Nutty's case, but occasionally it is.
    I've just worked this out. The example I always use ('Here's one I prepared earlier' ) is: For breakfast I had orange juice, toast and jam, and tea.

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    Re: Comma before 'and'

    I rarely use a comma before 'and' unless it is absolutely necessary to avoid ambiguity, in my English education we would have been beaten to death at the very least for such a thing.

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