Subject: Re: CVS commit: src/usr.bin/mklocale
To: None <>
From: Space Case <>
List: current-users
Date: 05/05/2003 20:07:42
On May 5, 10:33pm, Andrew Brown wrote:
>>I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand and God.
>i think this is a bit ambiguous either way.  to add the comma would
>make it:
>	I dedicate this book to my parents, Ayn Rand, and God.

Were it me, I'd remove the ambiguity by writing:

   I dedicate this book to my parents, to Ayn Rand, and to God.

The way I was taught, some 40 years ago, that a simple list does not
need the comma before the last 'and', but one should be put in where
one would like a pause.  A simple list:

  Go to the store, please, and get me some apples, oranges and pears.

But then, as someone else wrote, styles change.  This is one of those
things that appears to be in flux, with no "right" way, and the best
thing to do would probably be to put the choices on a dart board and
throw a dart or three to select one. ;-)


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