In the acknowledgment of a manuscript I have the following structure (the reason for thanking A, B, C, D, E, F are different):

I wish to thank A and B for ..., C and D for ..., and E and F for ....

Isn't it better to put a comma after thank? I mean to write

I wish to thank, A and B for ..., C and D for ..., and E and F for ....

  • Khan is quite correct in his answer. Think of it this way: You write "I like apples, oranges, and pears" not "I like , apples, oranges, and pears." The same principle applies here.
    – stangdon
    Commented Jan 8, 2018 at 16:13

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You must not use the comma after the verb thank.

When there is a list of items after a verb, you don't use a comma before the first item.

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