A comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g., an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect). Also called Harvard comma, Oxford comma.
- It's like not using the serial comma; after all, that final comma isn't necessary because the 'and' signals the end of the list.
- On a lesser note, I applaud the author's use (and the editors' forbearance) of serial commas.
- But whatever your views on the serial comma, I hope you will agree that some conventions are more vital than others in forging a just order.
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Syllabification: se·ri·al com·ma
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