bringing youth, motion, the spirit of adventure.

Julianus

Senior Member
Korean
Hello.

1a. People from the plains, where land is costly, have settled here, bringing youth, motion, the spirit of adventure. (Korea high school English book)
1b. People from the plains, where land is costly, have settled here, bringing youth, motion, and the spirit of adventure.

As far as I know, when we list more than three things, we usually use a comma and before the last one like 1b. But 1a didn't use it. If 1a is grammatically correct, the comma and is just optional or grammatically recommended. Am I right?

Thank you always~.
 
  • MuttQuad

    Senior Member
    English - AmE
    The comma you mention is called a serial comma, and there are two schools of thought about placing it before the conjunction. (There should be a conjunction in 1a unless it is deliberately being omitted for stylistic effect).

    I am among those who insist on using the serial comma, as I think it avoids possible confusion in many sentences.
     
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