Do not use commas if all items are joined by and or or

We are serving soup and salad and cake.

• Use a comma between two coordinate adjectives that precede a noun. Adjectives are coordinate if they can be joined with and or if they can be scrambled without losing meaning in the sentence. Since they modify the noun separately, they can be used in any order.

He is a tall, handsome boy. (coordinate)

Gary is a warm, gentle, affectionate father. (coordinate)

He is a handsome young man. (cumulative)

We ate the rich strawberry pie with cold vanilla ice cream. (cumulative)

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