comma or semicolon in list (age): Jane, 4; Sheldon, 7; and Dawn, 8,

moonglow

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English – America
Jane, 4; Sheldon, 7; and Dawn, 8, will be attending the kids' party on May 8.


Question 1: Comma after the names, and semicolons after the ages of the kids?


Question 2: Comma instead of a semicolon after "8"?


Thank you.
 
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    The way you have written the sentence is acceptable. No semi-colon is possible after 8.
    (The alternative is to use brackets for the ages and to use commas instead.)
     

    moonglow

    Banned
    English – America
    Like this? If correct, which is preferred in formal writing—the version with the semicolons and commas, or the version with the brackets. Thank you.

    Jane (4), Sheldon (7), and Dawn (8) will be attending the kids' party on May 8.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Since there is no real possibility for misunderstanding, I would use commas throughout:

    Jane, 4, Sheldon, 7, and Dawn, 8, will be attending the kids' party on May 8.

    As for which is better, you've given us no context for how this line will be used.
     
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