semi-colons and state abbreviations

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The below sentence received a 100 percent rating, but I want to make sure it's correct, since I suspect I should use a semicolon between CA and Malibu. Plus should Mass be MA or Mass?

Thanks!

See example:

I want to sail to San Francisco, CA, Malibu, Ca and Cape Cod, Mass.
asked Apr 02 '12 at 20:10 Ashley Wilkinson New member

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Yes, in your example sentence, you'd need a semicolon before Malibu. As for the abbreviation of Massachusetts, you'll want to stay consistent with the other items in your list -- so MA is the way to go:

 

I want to sail to San Francisco, CA; Malibu, CA and Cape Cod, MA.

 

But since the locations of all three cities are pretty well-known, you could also leave out the states, entirely (depending on your audience):

 

I want to sail to San Francisco, Malibu and Cape Cod.

link comment answered Apr 02 '12 at 20:21 Actually Holly Expert

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