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When you form a list, you put commas inbetween each item, but not a comma before the word "and" and the last item in the list.

I assume this should be the same when ending the list with "or" instead of "and", correct?

In other words, which of the two following lists are gramatically correct?

peas, carrots, spinach, or lettuce

peas, carrots, spinach or lettuce

I assume the latter is correct. Is it not?

Thanks again, sorry for the flood of questions, but at least I believe they are relatively easy for a pro!
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Hi,

When you form a list, you put commas in between each item, but not a comma before the word "and" and the last item in the list. There's a strong school of thought that prefers a comma before 'and'.

I assume this should be the same when ending the list with "or" instead of "and", correct?

In other words, which of the two following lists are gramatically correct?

peas, carrots, spinach, or lettuce

peas, carrots, spinach or lettuce

I assume the latter is correct. Is it not? It's fine by me, but I imagine those who favour a comma before 'and' would also favour a comma before 'or'.


Best wishes, Clive
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Thank you very much for all of your replies.

I have agreed that a comma deserves to be there before "and" in a list, but I have been taught otherwise in many places.

But I think they key is that in the same publication/document, if you are doing that for lists with "and" you must also do the same for lists with "or".

Thanks again!