May 17th, 2010


ANSWER: "And" versus a comma when separating adjectives

starwatcher307 asked: Is there a rule for using "and" versus a comma to separate adjectives, or is it a matter of writing preference? ("She was always attracted to the strong and silent types." vs "She was always attracted to the strong, silent types.")

As far as I can tell, when it comes to coordinate adjectives (where you can reverse the word order without changing the meaning of the sentence), it comes down to writing preference.

With examples from Clue and Saiyuki.

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