The Daily Telegraph

Comma sense


SIR – Three cheers for Thérèse Coffey, the Health Secretary, who “cannot bear” the Oxford comma, and her wish that it is not used in department­al communicat­ions (report, September 16). It is not grammatica­lly correct, but grammatica­lly optional. I delight in deleting it at every opportunit­y in articles sent to me for proofreadi­ng. Mike Ellis

Whangamata, New Zealand

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