comma before 'and' [serial comma]: big bikes, big cars, and big boats

  • timpeac

    Senior Member
    English (England)
    I think I have seen this question here before - I think it's acceptable either to put a comma before "and" at the end of a list or not.

    ps - it should be I love big cars etc in the plural.


    Senior Member
    English (UK then US)
    There are two rules: one rule is "Use a comma" before and (before the last in the list of things) and the other rule is "Don't use a comma" You should follow one rule or the other and not switch back and forth. The "Rule" that says "Use a comma" can be found by searching for "Harvard comma" or "Oxford comma", the style guides of both outfits recommend the use of the comma. Others don't.


    Senior Member
    English (England)
    Hi timpeac thank you so mean the standard (formal letter) use about the comma here has 2 !
    Hi Camlearner, No I don't think I mean that. There is no standard formal letter grammar standards. I mean that, as far as I know, both

    I love big bikes, big cars and big boats.


    I love big bikes, big cars, and big boats.

    are acceptable.