Writing Tip Tuesday, No. 2
"She posted pictures of her pots, the wheel, and the kiln."
By using the serial comma, we know that the author is referring to three separate pictures. If the serial comma is not used...
"She posted pictures of her pots, the wheel and the kiln."
...it is unclear whether there are three pictures or two--the second possibly being of the wheel and kiln together. If, in fact, two pictures were posted, the sentence should use a second “and,” as follows:
"She posted pictures of her pots, and the wheel and the kiln."
Check out this TED Ed video about the serial comma:
Thinking of writing for SP? Learn more at: https://studiopotter.org/about/write-sp, and don’t forget to consult your Chicago Manual as you write!