AP Style Tip of the Day: Commas!

This is one of my biggest pet peeves. Now you’ll know how to get it right.

Do not put a comma before the conjunction in a simple series.

Incorrect: Please pass the chips, salsa, and queso.
Correct: Please pass the chips, salsa and queso.
Additionally: Put a comma before the conjunction if an element of the series requires a conjunction.
Incorrect: I had orange juice, toast and ham and eggs for breakfast.
Correct: I had orange juice, toast, and ham and eggs for breakfast.

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