Numbers and Other Things That Denote a List

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Remember that a number or word that denotes an item in a list must be surrounded by punctuation. Sometimes that punctuation is something other than commas.

…in Indiana; two, in California; three, in Florida…
…was 54,000; two, 34,000…

If the number comes in the middle of the sentence, it must be surrounded by punctuation, usually commas.

…government; and, third, the President…
…small car; and, lastly, we were…
…good book; and, fifth, part of the…

…because of, one, income and, two, taxes…
…was, one, on the counter and, two, on the floor and, three, on the desk…

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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