Saturday, April 15, 2006

Commas and "Ands"

The other day, I complained about people who don't use commas between the last two items of a list.

Here's a real life example:
Any further distribution, resale or broadcasting are prohibited.

"Resale" and "broadcasting" are both types of distribution. After reading the word "distribution," one may expect for "resale or broadcasting" to be an appositive describing "distribution."

(Continues grumbling.)

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