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

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Sun Nov 6 19:14:39 EST 2016


Does a list with semicolons as separators allow for an Oxford semicolon, after the penultimate entry and before the "and"?


> On Nov 5, 2016, at 8:39 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 
> 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, Caution-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comma: <
>> Caution-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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