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Commas in lists. How to get rid of ‘and’ in our writing. Here is a shopping list. Eggs Milk Apples Sausages. Here is the list in a sentence. I am going to buy eggs and milk and apples and sausages. How can we improve this sentence?. Let’s take out the ‘and’. Let’s take out ‘and’.

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Commas in lists

How to get rid of ‘and’

in our writing.


Here is a shopping list l.jpg
Here is a shopping list

  • Eggs

  • Milk

  • Apples

  • Sausages


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Here is the list in a sentence

I am going to buy eggs and milk and apples and sausages.

How can we improve this sentence?

Let’s take out the ‘and’.


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Let’s take out ‘and’.

I am going to buy eggs and milk and apples and sausages.

and

and

and

What do we do now?

Let’s put in some commas.


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Let’s put in the commas

,

I am going to buy eggs and milk and apples and sausages.

,

,

Is it right now?

We actually do need one ‘and’.

Where does it go?


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Let’s put in the one ‘and’

,

I am going to buy eggs and milk and apples and sausages.

,

and

Well done! You’ve improved the

sentence by adding commas.


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Now see if you can put the commas in this sentence

The parrot had red and blue and

and

,

and

green and yellow

,

feathers.

Excellent work! You’ve put

the commas in the right places.


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What to remember!

  • When we are writing a list we put a comma between each of the items.

  • We only need an ‘and’ between the last two items.

Look at the sentences on the next slides.

Click on the one where the commas are used correctly.


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My pens are blue and red, yellow, green.

My pens are blue, red, yellow, green.

My pens are blue, red, yellow and green.


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Whoops!

Sorry the commas are not in the right place in that sentence.

Click here to try again.


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Yippee!

What a star!

Click here to try the next one.


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The cake had cherries, currants, and icing.

The cake had cherries, currants and icing.

The cake had cherries and currants, icing.


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Whoops!

Sorry the commas are not in the right place in that sentence.

Click here to try again.


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Yippee!

What a star!

Click here to try the next one.


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The weather was dull and misty and, wet and cloudy.

The weather was dull, misty and wet and cloudy.

The weather was dull, misty, wet and cloudy.


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Whoops!

Sorry the commas are not in the right place in that sentence.

Click here to try again.


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Yippee!

What a star!

Click here to try the next one.


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I bought pens, pencils, and, books.

I bought pens, pencils and books.

I bought pens and pencils and, books.


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Whoops!

Sorry the commas are not in the right place in that sentence.

Click here to try again.


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Yippee!

What a star!

Click here to try the next one.


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How did you do?

Did you get them right?

If you did you can go back to your table.

If you got some wrong, click here to go back to the beginning of the slide show to try again.


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