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Is there supposed to be a comma before and in the following sentence?

"we need lemons, oranges, and apples." or is it " we need lemons, oranges and apples." without the comma. i was taught in school to USE the comma before and but now everyone says you're not supposed to.

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Either are grammatically correct

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No they're not.
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Rule 1:
To avoid confusion, use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more.
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Example:
My $10 million estate is to be split among my husband, daughter, son, and nephew. Omitting the comma after son would indicate that the son and nephew would have to split one-third of the estate.
http://m.grammarbook.com/punctuation-rules/commas.aspx
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exactly grammatically they are both correct ..
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Nope.
A comma is needed, before and, to be correct.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/01/
1. Use commas to separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of these seven coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet.
5. Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses written in a series.
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http://www.businessinsider.com/a-guide-to-proper-comma-use-2013-9
4. Use commas to separate items in a series.
For example, "I saw a duck, a magician, and a liquor store when I went running."
That last comma, known as the serial comma, Oxford comma, or Harvard comma, causes serious controversy. Although many consider it unnecessary, others, including Business Insider, insist on its use to reduce ambiguity.
There's an Internet meme that demonstrates its necessity perfectly. The sentence, "We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin," means the speaker sent three separate invitations: one to some strippers, one to JFK, and one to Stalin. The version without the Oxford comma, however, takes on an entirely different meaning, potentially suggesting that only one invitation was sent ? to two strippers named JFK and Stalin. Witness: "We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin."
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Lemons, oranges, and I think

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Lemons, oranges, and apples. Say it out loud. Then say lemons, oranges and apples out loud. You are listing stuff so commas go after all the words before "and".

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A comma should also be put after oranges because commas go between a list of things in a sentence, but you don't need to put a comma before, and, if it's things that go together like, pickles and ice cream, or macaroni and cheese.

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lemons, oranges and apples

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A comma after oranges is needed.
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i dont think u put a comma before and.
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You're wrong.
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wth dude! y do u have to disagree with every thing that i say? -_- go call thirteen here as well XP
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Rule 1:

To avoid confusion, use commas to separate words and word groups with a series of three or more.

Example:

My $10 million estate is to be split among my husband, daughter, son, and nephew. Omitting the comma after son would indicate that the son and nephew would have to split one-third of the estate.
http://m.grammarbook.com/punctuation-rules/commas.aspx
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Maybe it's just a coincidence that you happen to be wrong so often. I don't care what the username is, if an answer is wrong, it's wrong. Nothing personal; I don't even know you.
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no maybe its just that u have to act like u just know so much about everything... when really all u ever do is google the question and copy paste links.. :) maybe u should try to use ur own mind more often.. :)
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because not all the information on the net is correct :)
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No, I had already answered the question from what I knew about punctuation; then I posted links for those defending their ignorance, which you seem to be obsessed with.
Look, ... all the authoritative references will say the same thing.
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"look,...." yea u seem to know so much about grammar.. infact i was wondering if u could tutor me?? XP
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How about Purdue University online writing lab. The rest of the rukes are on the link, but these relevant here.
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/01/
1. Use commas to separate independent clauses when they are joined by any of these seven coordinating conjunctions: and, but, for, or, nor, so, yet.
5. Use commas to separate three or more words, phrases, or clauses written in a series.
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Typo^^^ The rest of the (rules)...
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Tutor for grammer? Personally, I would love to do something like that, but don't see how it would be possible on Ask, or with my usual work schedule.
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O.o i thought u were still a student or something my bad !! XP
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Nope, LoL, me being a student was decades ago.
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mhmmm...so whats ut age?? n what do u do? if u dont mind me asking.
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