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Is the serial comma always necessary?

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  1. Yes, all the time.

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  2. Only in cases to avoid ambiguity.

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  3. Never.

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  1. dillseed
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    Serial comma always necessary?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 5, 2014.

    Is the serial comma always necessary?
     
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    It's not necessary, though I use it for clarity. The Chicago Manual of Style, which is what most publishers use, recommends using a serial comma.
     
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    in fiction, most comma usage is optional, subject to the will/whim of the author...

    if you're a 'name' you can do what you like and get away with it... if you're an unknown newbie, editors may impose their will upon yours...
     

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