sigdiamond2000: I don't think I've met a single editor or writer who gives f*ck one about this either way. This is the kind of thing only quote-unquote "linguists" and senior citizens care about. In other words, the unemployed.
vudukungfu: Take this note from the governor at the last minute:Pardon, Impossible to execute.v.s.Pardon impossible, to execute.
SurfaceTension: It's a convention. There's no right or wrong answer. Just pick one and go with it.
the_rev: doyner: The problem is with the purists that insist on sticking to one convention. Its use or non-use should be situational based on the context the writer wishes to convey.This ^.Well put. I don't know why people can't understand this.
doyner: The problem is with the purists that insist on sticking to one convention. Its use or non-use should be situational based on the context the writer wishes to convey.
Sybarite: Con: "Those at the ceremony were the commodore, the fleet captain, the donor of the cup, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Jones."This example from the 1934 style book of the New York Herald Tribune shows how a comma before "and" can result in a lack of clarity. With the comma, it reads as if Mr. Smith was the donor of the cup, which he was not.It doesn't read that way at all to me.
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