ACT English 3.11 Passage Drill
ACT English: Passage Drill Drill 3, Problem 11. How should we punctuate this list?
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Sometimes in life, things are actually easy.
This question is a much welcome example of that.
To locate the correct answer all we need to know is that when three or more nouns appear
in a list, they have to be separated by commas.
Thus, our eye is immediately drawn to choice (B), which has no commas at all. See how the
items mush together without commas to separate them?
If there's one thing that's hated in English language circles, it's mushy sentences.
So we'll eliminate (B) before it can cause any more trouble.
Option (D) doesn't do a whole lot better.
There's no grammatical reason to place a comma between the words "small" and "objects." In
fact, there's a great grammatical reason to avoid doing this at all costs.
"Small" is an adjective describing "objects." If we place a comma between a single adjective
and the word it's trying to modify, we're seriously asking for trouble.
This brings us to choices (A) and (C). Of the two, (C) is the best answer, since (A)
needlessly places a comma after the word "and."
In celebration of this question, we made a list of three items, too:
1. Get away from these raining frogs!
2. Get further away.
3. Stay away.