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Which is better? (or does it make no difference?)

It makes no difference as long as you're consistent which way you do it.

It's a style thing. Depends which stylebook you subscribe to.


If I have some balloons, a red, a blue and white, I have two balloons. If I have a red, a blue, and a white, I have three. Comma placement distinguishes number. If I have categories A, B and C, I have two categories; if A, B, and C, three.

What bugs me is comma placement with ‘and’. Too many put the comma ahead of it. ‘This is a tasty dish, and if you like tuna, you’ll like this a lot.’ Proper is ‘This is a tasty dish and, if you like tuna, you’ll like this a lot.’

I admit I was one of those editors who got persistent about commas.

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