Commas when listing in a sentence


When I was in the 5th grade, I specifically remember my teacher telling us to use commas like so:

Jackie plays basketball, softball, badminton, and tennis. 

Now, I noticed that people will write setnences like this:

Jackie plays basketball, softball, badminton and tennis



As you can imagine, I'm confused because I've been writing like the first example for many years. Which is the correct way?

commas list Sentence asked Apr 26 '13 at 13:28 Ashli Agnant New member

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They're both correct. Some people prefer the first style, while others prefer the second style. Even the top style manuals are torn on it: Chicago Manual of Style includes the comma, but the AP Stylebook doesn't.


The final comma in a series is called the "serial comma" or "Oxford comma." You can read more about it -- and the arguments for and against it -- here:

link comment answered Apr 26 '13 at 13:42 Actually Holly Expert

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