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comma use for list of adjectives describing an animal?

 
 
jdb007
 
Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2015 02:59 pm
Which of these two sentences are correct? If possible, please provide references. Thank you.

I observed one, adult, brown and black, male Yorkshire Terrier named “Buzz.”

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I observed one adult male brown and black Yorkshire Terrier named "Buzz."

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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 21 Jan, 2015 04:50 pm
@jdb007,
There is no need whatever for the commas.
jdb007
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2015 11:48 am
@Lustig Andrei,
Thank you for your reply. Would you mind expanding on that answer?
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contrex
 
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Reply Thu 22 Jan, 2015 12:58 pm
Use a listing comma wherever you could conceivably use the word "and" (or or) instead. Do not use a listing comma anywhere else.

A listing comma is used in a list of modifiers which all modify the same thing. Such a comma could be replaced by "and" without destroying the sense:

A large, red, ugly box
A large and red and ugly box

I observed one, adult, brown and black, male Yorkshire Terrier named “Buzz.”

All the commas except the first are OK. You would not use 'and' or 'or' after 'one'. You might conceivably write "one adult and brown and black and male Yorkshire Terrier named “Buzz.”

Most modern native writers would not enclose Buzz in quotation marks.

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