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13 hours ago, 2chiefs said:

Comma is optional before "and" if I remember correctly so you both may be right....


These are referred to as serial commas.  The “Oxford” comma, specifically the one before “and” is the presently accepted method.   


This differs from how I was taught in the 70’s, which said it was optional as the conjunction “and” acts as a comma.


Blame the lawyers..........an example is a dairy in Maine settled for a large sum for not paying overtime, and the case came down to the lack of a comma before the word, and.



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