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Writing: Items in a series — Basic example

Writing: Grammar

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- [Instructor] "Owls have a very robust diet. "In fact, larger species of owls are known to eat skunks, "rabbits, and even porcupines!" So this was written in a very, or the punctuation here seems very strange, especially this semicolon right over here seems very, seems wrong. (chuckles) And then even putting the comma after the "and" there. So let's look at the other options. So I definitely want to change this. So here, "owls are known to eat skunks, comma, "rabbits, comma," so far, so good, "and," and then they put another comma. Well this seems off. So because of that I'm going to rule it out. Or it doesn't seem off, it is off, you wouldn't put the comma after the "and." So here "skunks, comma, rabbits, semicolon." Well, I didn't like that from the get-go. "Skunks, comma, rabbits, comma, and even." Yep, that's right. You put a comma after each thing your listing until you get to the "and," and you just list the last thing. This is the one that is correct.