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"I've got long, straight, black hair."

or

"I've got long straight black hair."

Are there any differences when I put commas? Do these sentences mean the same or is there any difference in meaning?

Which sentence is correct or maybe both are correct? What is most frequently used?

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The first sentence is correct. Commas are used to separate the elements in a series (three or more things) as mentioned here. In fact the list should end with an "and". So, to be more correct I'd suggest you to write

I've got long, straight, and black hair.

Note : The last comma (the one that appears before "and") is called a serial comma or the Oxford comma. This comma is usually dropped by newspapers and online articles. However, omission of the Oxford comma can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

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  • Why "and"? Is there any additional meaning? Why is the second sentence incorrect?
    – user46036
    Dec 25, 2016 at 20:21
  • @user46036 : When you list a number of items, properties, etc., the elements of that list are separated by comma and to end the list we use "and" before the last element.
    – 7_R3X
    Dec 26, 2016 at 4:19
  • "I've got long, straight, black hair." Is this incorrect then? Why is the second sentence incorrect?
    – user46036
    Dec 26, 2016 at 11:06
  • @user46036 : As I mentioned, the list should end with an "and" before the last element of the list. The second sentence would not be considered appropriate because it neither has commas nor does it have "and".
    – 7_R3X
    Dec 26, 2016 at 15:29
  • "I've got long, straight hair." Would it be possible without and? Is "and" necessary when there are more than two adjectives or should it be always used?
    – user46036
    Jan 7, 2017 at 10:35

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