[Ads-l] The NYT: comma > semi-colon

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sat Nov 5 21:39:17 EDT 2016


I'm with Ben on this one. If individual items in a series include commas
(eg, city, state), semicolons are used as separators.

On Nov 5, 2016 6:37 PM, "Barretts Mail" <mail.barretts at gmail.com> wrote:

> > On 5 Nov 2016, at 15:22, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, Nov 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> it would have made it so that St. Louis is the state in which Chicago is
> >> located.
> >
> >
> > I don't agree.
> >
>
> Okay, but that is standard usage.
>
> As an easy-to-find starter, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma: <
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma:> "If the individual items of a list
> are long, complex, affixed with description, or themselves contain commas,
> semicolons may be preferred as separators, and the list may be introduced
> with a colon."
>
> BB
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